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Now showing at The Assembly Rooms High Street,Dedham,Colchester,Essex CO7 6HJ 01245 323921

  • Palio

Palio 3 stars

Every year in the city of Siena, brave riders take part in a bareback horse race in the central square in front of massed crowds drawn from the various city districts. Rivalry between these neighbourhoods is fierce and corruption runs rife. This documentary witnesses the annual event through the eyes of some of the competitors and spectators including 13-time winner Gigi Bruschelli, who was born in Siena and is the golden boy of the crowds.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama
  • DirectorCosima Spender.
  • WriterJohn Hunt, Cosima Spender.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.thepalio.com
  • Release25/09/2015 (selected cinemas)

Every year in the city of Siena, brave riders take part in a bareback horse race in the central square in front of massed crowds drawn from the various city districts. Rivalry between these neighbourhoods is fierce and corruption runs rife between officials, who are desperate to ensure their steed finishes ahead of the competition. Cosima Spender's fascinating and, at times, unflattering documentary witnesses this annual event through the eyes of some of the competitors and spectators including 13-time winner Gigi Bruschelli, who was born in Siena and is the golden boy of the crowds, and his handsome former protege Giovanni Atzeni, who is dismissed because of his Sardinian origins. The big day approaches and the film interviews locals from the various districts about simmering feuds, building to a frenetic 90 seconds of physical exertion and tactics when riders are permitted to use whips on each other as they gallop around the square in pursuit of glory.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Wednesday 17th February 2016