Documents the summer days in 2003 leading up to the running of Siena's Palio, a horse race around the city center, that dates back hundreds of years. Seventeen neighborhoods compete. This ...
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Documents the summer days in 2003 leading up to the running of Siena's Palio, a horse race around the city center, that dates back hundreds of years. Seventeen neighborhoods compete. This film follows the contrada of Civetta (owl), which hasn't won since 1979. We see that glorious victory, we meet people young and old for whom each year's Palio is life's most important event, we see the drawing that assigns a horse to each contrada, and we observe the feasting and pageantry beforehand. Then, the running of the race: will Civetta experience the elation of victory or the bitterness of loss? Written by
The curious title refers to the last time the district of Civetta won the Palio in 1979. Il Palio is distinctive because the jockeys do not represent the 17 districts of the Siennese region - the horses do. This film trains its eye on the Civetta community, desperate for a win in the race after a drought of over 20 years. See more »
This is an extraordinary documentary about the crazy Palio horse race that takes place every year (July 2 and August 16) on Piazza del Campo in the city of Siena. It's hard to really understand how much the Palio influence people lives in Siena. I think this documentary at least gives you a feel and a little bit of glint of the passion in it and how strong the Contrade Civetta bounds together young and old people. I'm impressed how the film makers could get access to this really unique footage and interview's. This is a must see if you like modern documentaries! Although I find it very hard to get the DVD from somewhere it's totally worth time and money spent on finding it.
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