The documentation Villeneuve-Pironiwhich depicts the rivalry between legendary racing drivers Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi, won two awards at the International Motor Film Awards.
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The aim of this event, which takes place every year in London, is to recognize the best film and television work in the automotive field.
In addition to being named best documentary, Villeneuve-Pironi also won the Grand Prix, one of the gala’s top awards. In this category, the film, produced for Sky broadcaster, was chosen over several major Hollywood productions such as Fast X, John Wick: Chapter 4 and Gran Turismo.
In a press release to the media, Gilles Villeneuve’s daughter, Mélanie Villeneuve, said she was touched by these two awards.
“I feel very honored and, to be honest, amazed by this Grand Prix. It is touching to see that my father’s legacy not only resides in my heart, but continues to shine throughout the world. Gilles and the automotive industry have always had a special connection, and these awards symbolize his immortality.
Released last spring on the Crave platform, the film chronicles the legendary rivalry between Quebecer Gilles Villeneuve and Frenchman Didier Pironi, while the two racers were teammates at Ferrari, during the 1982 Formula 1 season. In the middle of the same season, Villeneuve lost his life on the racetrack, during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on May 8, 1982.