‘Palio’ to close Valletta Film Festival

‘Palio’ a documentary film that world premiered a few weeks ago at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be premiered in Malta as the closing film of the Valletta Film Festival on Sunday 21st June 2015.

The film tells the untold story behind the famous Palio di Siena and has been described as ‘a rare kind of documentary – muscular and refined, and a splendour for the eyes.’

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.

The documentary film 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.


Year: 2015
Length: 92 minutes
Language: Italian
Country: U.K., Italy

Director: Cosima Spender
Screenwriter: John Hunt, Cosima Spender
Producer: James Gay-Rees, John Hunt
Editor: Valerio Bonelli
Cinematographer: Stuart Bentley
Executive Producer: Francesco Melzi D’Eril
Composer: Alex Heffes
Cast: Gigi Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni, Silvano Vigni, Andrea de Cortes, Renato Romei

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