Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution have released the first international trailer for the highly anticipated Palio ? a new film documenting the thrills, spills, ambitions and corruption that characterize one of the world?s oldest and most exhilarating events.
Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, PALIO will be released in UK cinemas on Friday September 25th, the trailer is released to tie-in with the 2015 August Palio, which happens this weekend in the Italian city of Siena.
It has also been confirmed that PALIO will close the 35th Cambridge Film Festival on Sunday September 13th.
From female director and Tuscan native Cosima Spender, PALIO is co-produced by James Gay-Rees, whose recent work includes the newly crowned biggest British documentary of all time AMY and the BAFTA winning and internationally acclaimed Senna, with John Hunt. Francesco Melzi d?Eril, behind award-winning features including Black Souls Border, White Shadow and I Am Love, executive produced.
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.
Legendary rider Gigi Bruschelli has won 13 Palios in 16 years. Born in Siena, the Palio is in his blood. Two races away from beating the world record, Bruschelli will do anything to win, but one jockey stands in his way, his former apprentice, a handsome young Sardinian driven by a fearless passion to become number one, Giovanni Atzeni.
A behind-the-scenes look at the most exhilarating and dramatic race in the world, Spender captures the passion, intrigue and intensity of the Palio, opening up a secret world only a chosen few have previously been given access to.
Director Cosima Spender says, ?I grew up with the Palio so I was uniquely placed to gain the trust of everyone involved in the film and our narrator was able to open doors which are normally closed to outsiders.?
?The politics, passion, intensity and heritage of the Palio are in some ways very similar to those of Formula One? continues James Gay-Rees, ?As with Senna, we have managed to get under the skin of this amazing world and shine a light on one of the most compelling spectacles on the planet.?
Palio is out in the UK on 25th September 2015.
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