Cosima Spender’s fascinating glimpse into one of the world’s most spectacular horse races is now available to pre-order on DVD and iTunes.
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 he Palio, and his former protégé Giovanni Atzeni, a handsome young contender driven by a fearless passion to become number one. This heart-racing new film 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.
“Rocky on horseback” – The New York Times
“Utterly gripping” – Empire ★★★★
“Stunning. The greatest horse race in the world.” – GQ.co.uk
★★★★ – Total Film
★★★★ – The Times
★★★★ – The Financial Times
★★★★★ – Event – Mail On Sunday