History was made at this year's Venice Film Festival. The jury, headed by Director Bernardo Bertolucci awarded the coveted Golden Lion Award to director, Gianfranco Rosi for his documentary, "Sacro GRA." It was the first time in the festival's history that a documentary took top honors.
|Grande Raccordo Anulare|
The documentary focuses on several people whose lives are affected by the roadway. Among the protagonists are a young paramedic who we often watch rushing to the scene of an accident, an elderly man who lives in a single room with his daughter, a family trying to deal with their son's DJ obsession, a botanist who studies palms inflicted with killer parasites, a disgruntled fisherman and an aristocrat who rents his mansion to film crews. Although none of the protagonists in the film know each other, their one common denominator is the GRA.
|Gianfranco Rosi receives Golden Lion|
Regardless of the scores of people who really don't "get it," the film is receiving a great deal of press, so chances are good that it will make its way to film festivals in North America. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, you can visit the film's website at http://www.sacrogra.it.