dir. Cosima Spender (2015) [91 min]
Palio is named for the magnificent and harrowing horse race whose origins in medieval Siena have been kept alive to this day. As suspenseful as a thriller, this beautifully filmed documentary offers breathtaking scenes of horses racing across the Tuscan landscape, as well as along the perilous track of the 14th century Piazza del Campo. Adding depth and context to the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the stories of two jockeys, and the machinations of the event which has come to define Sienese life.
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