The only documentary ever to win the top prize at Venice Film Festival, Sacro GRA is a poetic and slyly humorous journey around the Grande Raccordo Anulare, Rome's ring-road highway.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi insightfully and gracefully observes the every-day lives of a gallery of intriguing characters living near the highway's edge. Among them we meet an ageing aristocrat who passes his days sprawled out on a couch amidst a dramatic array of kitsch, a fisherman teaching his Ukrainian girlfriend how to eat a melon, an ambulance driver racing from one accident to another and a botanist trying to save his beloved palm trees from insect infestation.
The screening was followed by an extended Q&A with Italian director Gianfranco Rosi in conversation with Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound).
"Gianfranco Rosi's status as one of the most interesting documentary makers on the current scene can no longer be doubted"- Screen Daily
Winner: Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival