Italy is that part of Europe which has got so many places for you to explore every new day. There are so many things which define why this country is unique and explicit. But one town in Italy is very famous for horse and horse races which is Sienna. You get to see a variety of horses there and also venture some of the most adventurous races of all times. Who in the world does not love horses? It is a complete treat to watch them run and compete. It is a trusted fact that no matter how far and how well you have explored Italy, you cannot leave without visiting this red bricked town. It has all the power to draw you towards it. The very exotic thing that this town holds is its biannual horse race which is known as Palio di Siena. People from all over the world have been visiting Sienna just to watch this race and getting their spots booked. In 2015 cinema also had made attempts to bring this pleasure to the big screens by producing a British documentary featuring the Palio di Siena on big screens. It is also said that it The Oldest Horse Race Caught on Film.
The Oldest Horse Race Caught on Film:
This was the most special documentary for all the Palio lovers in every way. It was directed by Cosima Spender and produced by James Gay Rees and John Hunt. Hunt and Spender together collaborated to write the script for the film so that they could make an attempt to execute the film. This film has given us flashbacks of so many sweet memories which were associated with our favorite horse race. When finally the documentary was premiered on 15h April in the year 2015 at Tribeca Film festival, the movie got a huge positive response with applaud for the joint effort the team had put in making it a definite success.
The same day the film was able to earn such a great recognition that it won an award for Best Editing for a documentary in the film festival. After its success at Tribeca the film made its way to the nomination as an independent film for Best Documentary for British Independent Film Awards.
It is a 92 minutes film which is based on the storyline that emphasizes the focus of audience upon the rise of the rider Giovanni Atzeni who risen out from the shadow of the seasoned champion had named Luigi Bruschelli.
The critics had also appreciated the efforts as it was the oldest horse race caught on film. A famous critic Mike Hale wrote in New York Times that it was a “Rocky on Horseback”. And various other critics believed and said that “Cosima Spender entertaining documentary about a storied Italian horse race is as dramatically pleasing as the most crowd-pleasing scripted sports saga”.
This movie has not only entertained us but also managed to keep the heritage of Italy alive.