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Asif Kapadia (born 1972) is a British filmmaker of Pakistani descent. He directed several award-winning films, including The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the 2nd Prize Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival, The Warrior (2001), which won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film 2003 and Senna (2010), winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and the World Cinema Audience Award Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.
Kapadia's first feature film, The Warrior (2001, FilmFour). was shot in the Himalayas and the deserts of Rajasthan. Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian described The Warrior as possessing "mighty breadth" and "shimmering beauty"; the film was nominated for three BAFTA awards, winning two: the Alexander Korda Award for the outstanding British Film of the Year 2003 and The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Screenwriter or Producer in their First Feature. The Warrior also won the Grand Prix at the Dinard Film Festival, the Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival, the Evening Standard British Film Awards for the Most Promising Newcomer and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Film.
Far North (2007, FILM4), premiered at the Venice Film Festival, based on a dark short story by Sara Maitland. Kapadia used the brutal arctic landscape to show how desperation and loneliness drives a woman to harm the person she loves.
Kapadia's fourth feature Senna, (2010, Working Title / Universal Pictures) was the life story of Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Senna was the highest grossing British documentary of all time (£3.3m, $5.2m), the second highest grossing documentary of all time in the UK (behind Fahrenheit 9/11).
Awards and nominations
Nominated by the Producers Guild of America – Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture award 2012
Nominated by the Writers Guild of America – writer Manish Pandey for Documentary Screenplay
Winner of Best Documentary at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards 2011. Editors Gregers Sall and Chris King were nominated in the Technical Achievement Category.
Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.
Kapadia on accepting the award: "This is amazing. This festival has restored my faith in film festivals, Sundance is all about the films, the audience and the film makers. Every single screening is sold out. We were told that no one in the US knew who Ayrton Senna was, that there was no interest in Formula One, that we should forget about releasing the film here, so to win the Audience Award at Sundance is just fantastic, it makes us feel so proud. We hope this shows that there is an audience for SENNA in the US, both fans and people who have never heard of him before and I hope this is just the beginning of a long journey for SENNA in 2011.”[this quote needs a citation] Named one of the top five documentaries of 2011 by the National Board of Review in NY.
Winner of Best Documentary – Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012
Nominated for the Grierson Award UK – Best Cinema Documentary 2011
Cinema Eye Honors 2012; Winner of Outstanding Achievement in Editing for Gregers Sall and Chris King. Nominated for three other awards; Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in an Original Music Score for Antonio Pinto & Audience Choice Prize.
Winner of three awards at the FOCAL International Awards 2012: Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release, Best Use of Sports Footage, as well as a Special Award for the contribution to Archive Filmmaking Industry. Nominated for Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011
Winner Best Editing for Gregers Sall & Chris King – IDA International Documentary awards LA 2011
Winner of the Motor Press Guild's Best Audio/Visual of 2011
Winner of the Pioneering and Innovation Award – Autosport Awards for 2011
Winner of the Most Popular Documentary Award – Melbourne International Film Festival 2011
Winner of the Audience Award – Moscow International Film Festival 2011
Winner of Best Documentary – Audience Award at the Adelaide Film Festival 2011
Nominated for Best Film at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2012
Irish Film and Television Awards 2012 – Nominated for Best International Film.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – Top Five Audience Favourite.
Telluride Film Festival – Special Presentation.
Sheffield International Documentary Festival – Nominated for the Innovation Award
Winner of the Audience Award – Ghent Film Festival 2011
Winner of Best Documentary – Dublin Film Critics Circle
Winner of Best Documentary Feature – Utah Film Critics Association
Winner of Best Documentary – Austin Film Critics Association
- Indian Tales (1994)
- The Waiting Room (1996)
- Wild West (1996)
- The Sheep Thief (1997)
- The Warrior (2001)
- The Return (2006)
- Far North (2007)
- Senna (2010)
- Asif Kapadia at the Internet Movie Database
- Working Title Films SENNA website
- Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter Review of SENNA
- Kenneth Turan LA Times review of SENNA
- Damon Wise Empire Blog Sundance 2011
- indiewire – meet the filmmakers Senna director Asif Kapadia
- Brazilian Trailer for SENNA
- Japanese Trailer for SENNA
- Japanese website for SENNA
- Filmmaker Magazine Asif Kapadia on Senna
- Jason Wood Talking Movies Vertigo Magazine The Warrior
- scene 360 interview
- Matthew Sweet on The Warrior – Independent review
- Jason Wood on Far North
- The Guardian on The Warrior being rejected by the Oscars
- Jason Solomons Far North Film Weekly
- Riz Khan AlJazeera interview
- Electric Sheep Interview with Asif Kapadia on Far North
- BBC – Asif Kapadia
- EyeForFilm.co.uk Interview Far North
- Michelle Yeoh Asif Kapadia Far North press conference
- Time Out 22 films to look out for in 2011
- Jersey Film Society
- Asif Kapadia – The Warrior US trailer, Far North Trailer & commercials
- POV interview on The Sheep Thief
- POV interview by Richard Raskin Asif Kapadia on The Sheep Thief
- Choice Brits
- Directors Notes Far North
- Journey to a filmmaker
- Q&A with Senna's Manish Pandey and Asif Kapadia
- making Far North
- BAFTA Interview with Asif Kapadia recorded at Latitude Festival 2011