Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute, I Doc Italy, Open City Docs and DocHouse.
Friday 24th January | Riverside Studios
The only documentary ever to win the top prize at Venice Film Festival, Sacro GRA is a poetic and slyly humorous journey around the Grande Raccordo Anulare, Rome's ring-road highway.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi insightfully and gracefully observes the every-day lives of a gallery of intriguing characters living near the highway's edge. Among them we meet an ageing aristocrat who passes his days sprawled out on a couch amidst a dramatic array of kitsch, an ambulance driver racing from one accident to another and a botanist trying to save his beloved palm trees from insect infestation.
Beautifully crafted and deeply evocative, Sacro GRA is a repository of the extraordinary stories of those at the edges of the ever-expanding universe of Italy's eternal city.
The screening was followed by an extended Q&A with Italian director, Gianfranco Rosi in conversation with Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound).