Regional Competition

Sacro GRA

Gianfranco Rosi
Screening time  
25.02. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
27.02. / Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Friday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2  
02.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 5  
02.03. / Sunday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 1  
02.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3  
02.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
Documentary film about people who live along the massive six-lane highway in Rome. Sacro GRA was the first documentary ever to receive Golden Lion in Venice.

In 1948, construction started on the Grande Raccordo Anulare motorway in Rome. Intended to be a single carriageway encircling Rome, it has grown into a massive six-lane highway, resembling a halo of modernization around the holy city – the title of the film is a pun on the holy grail, Sacro Graal. Director Gianfranco Rosi has spent two years following the lives of people living along the massive and highly trafficked GRA. There are several reasons why an individual would choose to live in these conditions – whether it is out of poverty or out of eccentricity – and Rosi has made it his mission to showcase the diversity of this fringe-like society, which has sprung up around the motorway. Both an exploration of outcasts and an allegory about modern civilization and the future of Rome, documentary Sacro GRA was awarded the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, the first documentary ever to receive the award.


Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi was born in Eritrea in 1964 and has lived in Istanbul, Los Angeles and Rome. He studied at New York University Film School. He now lives and works in Manhattan as a filmmaker, cinematographer, screenwriter and producer. His films have been awarded prizes at numerous international film festivals. Sacro GRA (2013) received a Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice. Filmography: Sacro GRA (2013), El Sicario Room 164 (2010), Below Sea Level (2008), Afterwords (2001), Boatman (1993).

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Sacro GRA

2013, 93', DCP

Directed by:
Gianfranco Rosi

Screenplay by:
Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi

Edited by:
Jacopo Quadri

Marco Visalberghi, Carol Solive

Produced by:
Doclab, Rai Cinema, La Femme Endormie

Festivals & Awards:

Venice Film Festival 2013 – Golden Lion for Best Film; Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013; CPH:DOX 2013