Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Applause, laughter greet Rosi documentary


Venice, September 5 - Laughter and applause greeted
an Italian documentary about Rome's gritty sides that was
screened Thursday at the Venice International Film Festival.
Sacred GRA by Gianfranco Rosi tells a series of stories
that take place around the rough edges of Rome's 70-kilometre
stretch of highway that rings the Eternal City, the 'Grande
Raccordo Anulare' (Great Ring Road).
It's rare that documentaries are entered in competition at
the festival but the popularity of Rosi's film may change that,
with its stories of eccentric junk collectors, insect experts
and eel fishing.
Rosi says his documentary, made as he traveled the GRA over
two years, shows that modern Italy is not just enduring a deep
economic malaise but also suffering an identity crisis.
"The film is nothing more than filming reality," from the
sidelines, capturing views of a life filled with sometimes
unusual characters, says Rosi.
Film experts say that Sacred GRA has the best shot of all
Italian entries at the festival of winning the Golden Lion.
The second documentary in competition this year is
Oscar-winning director Errol Morris's The Unknown Known about
former U.S. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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