Sacro GRA

Direction
Year 
2013
Country
  • Italy
Runtime
93min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

After the India of Varanasi’s boatmen, the American desert of the dropouts, and the Mexico of the killers of drugtrade, Gianfranco Rosi has decided to tell the tale of a part of his own country, roaming and filming for over two years in a minivan on Rome’s giant ring road—the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or GRA—to discover the invisible worlds and possible futures harbored in this area of constant turmoil. Elusive characters and fleeting apparitions emerge from the background of the winding zone: a nobleman from the Piemonte region and his college student daughter sharing a one-room efficiency in a modern apartment building along the GRA; a botanist making audio recordings of the interiors of palm trees to detect and then poison the insects that are devouring them like a plague; a modern day cigar-smoking prince doing gymnastics on the roof of his castle, surrounded by the sea of new apartment buildings proliferating around him; a paramedic in an ambulance eternally on duty treating car accident victims along the vast road; and an eel fisherman living on a houseboat beneath an overpass along the Tiber River. Far from the iconic sites of Rome, the GRA is a repository of stories of those at the edges of the everexpanding universe of the capital city.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Sacro GRA
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gianfranco Rosi, Niccolò Bassetti
  • Cinematography
    Gianfranco Rosi
  • Editing
    Jacopo Quadri
  • Runtime
    93 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2013
  • Country
    • Italy
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Venice Film Festival 2013
  • Awards
    • Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival / 2013

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