Pistons, Passions, Pleasures - A Sicilian Dream

Pistons, passions pleasure – A Sicilian Dream

An Award Winning Film by Upfolds media, Produced by David Biggins

Nominated: Best Story & Talented New Director at Nice Film Festival and Best Documentary at Indianapolis Film Festival 2016

Narrators and presenters – ALAIN DE CADENET – Racing driver and TV channel host and FRANCESCO DA MOSTO – Star of BBC TV’s series about Italy together tell the story of the Targa Florio in a dramatic race film, incorporating amongst others, the Fiat riven by Italian racing driver FELICE NAZZARO when he won the 1907 Targa Florio, and the 1913 Nazzaro Corsa which he drove to win the 1913 GIRO round the entire 600 gruelling miles of Sicily.

The film tells the story of Sicilian entrepreneur VINCENZO FLORIO’s passion for motoring which led to the creation of the “Targa Florio” races. His family was rich; he had a ‘money no object’ approach to life and imported every new model of car he could find at the turn of the 20th Century. The film is set in the evocative Grand Circuito della Madonie – 92 mile amongst outstanding scenery and through medieval villages unchanged since the days of FELICE NAZZARO’s triumphs. However, the film is not just about motor racing. It recreates episodes of Florio’s life, from the pranks he got up to as a teenager to the evolution of the Targa Race series. it features 11 Edwardian racing cars built before 1919 – significant motors such as a 1913 Mercedes Grand Prix, a 1903 Panhard which took part in the ill-fated Paris – Madrid race and a 1908 Daimler Targa Florio model. In addition, ALAIN DE CADENET drives his magnificent 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C in which Tazio Nuvolari is thought to have won the 1931 Targa Florio.

Behind the drama of the races, the human drama of the races, the human dramas are brought to life by the imitable FRANCESCO DA MOSTA, experiencing the thrills of a riding mechanic in some of these monstrous cars and ALAIN DE CADENET, racing driver, stamp dealer, winner at Monza and Silverstone, 3rd at Le Mans in his own car and placed in the Targa Florio GT class in a 911 Porsche. These two ‘Renaissance Men’ not only present and narrate this epic story, but meet and discuss memories of the races with local Sicilians. Francesco, who is half Sicilian himself, provides the conduit to experience the emotions, passion and love the people of Sicily have for Florio and the races which have dominated their life since the start of the 20th century.



"if you’re a fan of vintage cars or endurance racing... you’re sure to enjoy A Sicilian Dream" - Screen Relish (review)

"A Sicilian Dream is an evocative film... that can be enjoyed by racing enthusiasts and dreamers alike." - Sunday Times (review)

"A Sicilian Dream ... shed new light on a much-discussed, much-loved topic in motorsport history" - Classic Driver (review)

"Quotable characters and legends are around every bend in this lively documentary celebrating the Targa Florio" - The Guardian (review)

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