The Palio is the oldest horse race in the world, and turns the Italian city of Siena into a high-stakes battleground of strategy, intrigue, and simmering machismo. In the eye of the storm stand the jockeys adored if they succeed, despised if they fail. PALIO follows the legendary maestro Gigi Bruschelli, winner of 13 races and master of the intrigues that surround the Palio, and his former protégé Giovanni Atzeni, a handsome young contender driven by a fearless passion to become number one. This heart-racing new documentary exposes the notoriously closed world of this ancient race and the larger-than-life personalities of those involved in an epic and cinematic tale of Italian life in microcosm.
"Cosima Spender's wonderfully vivid and fiery film follows a season of the ?Palio,? the bareback horse race round the square of Siena, run since medieval times. The director treats her subject matter as if she is making a spaghetti Western or a commedia dell'arte spectacle, not a documentary. It helps that her main protagonists are a colourful and cunning bunch"Geoffrey MaCnab, THE INDEPENDENT
"An absolute eye-opener, see it on the biggest screen you can"Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT
"Cosima Spender's documentary... plays like a classic sports drama thanks to its memorable central characters"Frank Scheck, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER