// Presented as part of April's Docs in Focus II Series //
Gianfranco Rosi / 2013, Venice, Abu Dhabi, Bergen, BFI London, Jerusalem, Lincoln Center Open Roads, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Seville, Stockholm, True/False, Vancouver, Vienna / 95'
The Grande Raccordo Anulare is a 68-kilometer highway girdling the metropolis of Rome. Rarely given a passing glimpse by the majority of the city's inhabitants, Rome's ring road is also home to a rare collection of eccentrics—construction workers, prostitutes, emergency responders, an eel farmer, an entomologist. As these characters go about their days, socializing with grandmothers, clients, co-workers, and children—known to us but unknown to each other—a fascinating peri-urban topography comes into focus.
Suspended in intimate, quotidian moments, Gianfranco Rosi weaves a rich, observational tapestry of the lives dwelling at the edges of an ancient city. Sacro GRA premiered at Venice, where it was the first documentary ever to win the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as the Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award; Stockholm, Rotterdam, and Reykjavik; and Seville European Film Festival, where it won the Silver Giraldillo for Best Film.