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Palio (12A)

Documentary, Drama, Sport

Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Not your average race: strategy, bribery and corruption play as much a part as the skill of the riders.

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The critical consensus

Cosima Spender reveals the rivalry, cunning and dodgy dealings at the annual equestrian event in this handsome-looking documentary.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/09/2015

Cosima Spender's fiery show of crazy horses and wild riders.

Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 24/09/2015

Cosima Spender’s film delves into this bizarre world, giving a flavour of the surrounding pageantry (which bears an odd resemblance to The Hunger Games), but mostly concentrating on the precarious relationship that exists between the jockeys and the districts – or contrada – for which they ride.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/09/2015

A fascinating insight into a quite bonkers sporting event.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 24/09/2015

Features about Palio (12A)

New film depicts spectacle and tribalism of Palio

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 19/09/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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