The Last Victory
Time Out says
Appel takes us inside this ritual, as we follow the preparations in Civetta, Siena’s smallest district, where the fatalistic inhabitants have not experienced victory for 24 years. Everyone pitches in: nonagenarian Egidio sings local anthems, reminisces about distant victories and baits German tourists; 21-year-old Paolo tends the horse and looks ahead with confidence to future glories. While this combination of pride, ostentation, tradition and melodramatic passion recalls the Italian phenomenon of Ultras – football supporters who occupy a position somewhere between cheerleaders, hooligans and pressure group – it is also peculiar to this particular custom in this particular city. The result is an appealing, human film that shows us something of what it takes to make a community – the tensions, dreams, memories and personalities – while never pretending to offer a universal guide to its construction.