"Savage, gripping, beautiful" - Empire
"Rocky on horseback" - New York Times
The city of Siena is home to the world’s oldest and most dangerous horse race: the Palio. Every summer bareback riders compete through a frenzied course in the Piazza del Campo, turning the ancient city into a high-stakes battleground of strategy, intrigue, and simmering machismo.
In the eye of the storm stand the jockeys – each representing their local contrade (city ward) they will do whatever it takes to win, both on and off the course. Palio follows the legendary maestro Gigi Bruschelli, striving for a record-breaking 14th win, and his former protégé Giovanni Atzeni, a handsome young contender driven by a fearless passion to become number one. This thrilling new film exposes the notoriously closed, murky world of a race where taking bribes and making deals is just as essential as being a good rider.
After the film we were joined for a Q&A by Director Cosima Spender and Editor Valerio Bonelli