La Toscana e il cinema:
Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)

Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)[1]
Cinema in Toscana  


Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)


Palio, a gripping documentary by female director and Tuscan native Cosima Spender, about the Palio in Siena, the furious bareback horse race that draws thousands of tourists to the Tuscan city twice every year (on July 2 and August 16). With the epic duel between Gigi Bruschelli Trecciolino, who was 46 years old and had won 13 of the previous 16 Palios, and Giovanni Atzeni Tittia, who was 29 and had won only twice. Palio won the best documentary editing award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
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. 

Palio (2015), directed by Cosima Spender
Written by: John Hunt and Cosima Spender
92 min, with Gigi Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni, Silvano Vigni, Andrea de Cortes, Renato Romei
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Cosima Spender (born in Siena) is an Anglo-Italian film director.







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Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)

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Galleria fotografica Siena


Palio di Siena 1953 a   Siena, Palio, mappa delle contrade 1904

  Il Palio di Siena luglio 2008 4

Palio 1953



Siena, Palio, mappa delle contrade 1904


  ll Palio di Siena luglio 2008



Montepulciano     Prato, Duomo

Siena, Piazza del Campo

Montepulciano was the location in
Heaven (Tom Tykwer, 2002)
Siena, Piazza del Campo. GeoEye-1.50-meter resolution collected 15 August 2009
Prato was the venue for Giuseppe Bertolucci's Berlinguer ti voglio Bene, where Roberto Benigni made his debut.
Bagno Vignoni
Bagno San Filippo
Villa Geggiano

Bagno Vignoni was the location in which the majority of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1983 film Nostalghia were shot.   Bagno San Filippo was the location in which parts of Alice Rohrwacher's 2014 film Le Meraviglie were shot.  

Villa Geggiano was the locationin Stealing Beauty (Io ballo da sola) (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1996)



Case vacanza in Toscana | Podere Santa Pia


Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia, giardino
Florence, Duomo

        Florence was the decor of Tea with Musolini (Un Tè con Mussolini, Franco Zeffirelli, 1999)