ADFF 2013 Features Sacro GRA, First Documentary to Win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
The star of this documentary is none other than a highway, the ring road named the Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA) that circles one of the busiest cities of the world, Rome, and the people living around it. The director’s (*Gianfranco Rosi) choice of characters is quite eclectic We see an eel fisherman talking to his wife about the eel industry, paramedics attending a road accident and trying to comfort their patients, an aristocrat renting his residence as a bed and breakfast, an actor on his way to shoot a photo novel cursing the ring road as he drives, in addition to many other interesting characters.
In Sacro GRA we are invited by the director to see the everyday lives and routines of people from different social backgrounds. We get to know them a bit better and we might even end up understanding them a bit more. These individuals are filmed in short scenes making them the perfect length, so that we do not lose our interest in the characters as we enjoy the documentary. What is also interesting about this documentary is the balance achieved by the director in making the scenes attractive to the viewer, as some are funny and others are touching, yet none are dull.
The way the documentary is filmed reinforces its authenticity and how real the characters in it are. The brilliance of this film lies in its human factor, the people and their lives.
*Director Gianfranco Rosi and Producer Cristián Cardoner in attendance
Second screening: Sat 11/02/2013 17:45 VOX4