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PALIO artwork


Type of media Video

Approved Running time 87m 45s

Release date 26/10/2015

Ratings Info moderate violence, injury detail, sex references

Genre(s) Documentary

Director(s) Cosima Spender

Cast includes Gigi Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni

Cut This work was passed uncut.

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 16/10/2015

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PALIO is an Italian documentary about the oldest horse race in the world, held each year in the city of Siena.


Moderate violence includes replayed footage of a losing jockey being kicked and beaten by a group of spectators, but without injury detail. Race footage includes sight of jockeys and horses falling, and jockeys hitting other riders and their horses with their riding crops, but it is clear that in general the horses are treated with care and respect.

Injury detail

A horse is seen with several spots of blood on its rump, a jockey is seen with his leg flopping down at an odd angle following a heavy slam against the side barriers, and a man has some minor bloody grazes on his arm.


A jockey is encouraged to engage in more 'screwing' prior to his race.

The film also contains mild bad language ('shit', 'bastard', 'piss', 'screw') and an undetailed drug reference.


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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