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Gianfranco Rosi, Sacro Gra, 2013

Sacro GRA

7 Nov 201418 Nov 2014

Gianfranco Rosi, the director of Sacro GRA, will be joining us at the ICA for an introduction to the film and a Q+A after the screening on Friday 7 November. The event will be hosted by Colm McAuliffe.

Far from the iconic sites of Rome, the GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare - literally, 'Great Ring Junction') is a repository of stories of those at the edges of the ever-expanding universe of the capital city.

A nobleman from the Piemonte region and his daughter share a one-room efficiency in a modern apartment building along the GRA where they have been assigned temporary housing. In the cramped rooms, they pass the time with conversations that swing from the sophisticated to the banal.

A botanist like a Merlin armed with sound effects and an arsenal of poisons searches for a way to stop the plague of rapacious insects that is destroying an entire plantation of palms at a section where the GRA loses itself in wide grassy fields and flocks of sheep.

A modern-day prince who does gymnastics while smoking his cigar on the roof of his castle, which seems to have sprouted magically from among the faceless modern buildings that crowd an exit of the GRA. He has transformed the castle into a bed & breakfast, a conventional center, movie sets, and on special Sundays a theatre for ornately-designed fables for children and adults.

Like an astronaut on a first aid mission with his dayglo uniform and his glittering ambulance, a paramedic patrols the GRA, warming freezing bums who have fallen into drainage ditches, extracting young speed demons from cars crumpled around guard railings, resuscitating misunderstood heart attack victims, while in his off hours tending an old woman in his lonely house.

A seventh-generation eel fisherman, and one of the last, lives on the Tiber River in the shadow of a snarl of overpasses, dispensing to curious observers his wise and ancient philosophy of life as he maneuvers his boat and tends his nets exactly as his forefathers did.

SACRO GRA | Official UK Trailer - in cinemas 7th November, DVD & On-Demand 10th November

From multi award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi (Boatman, Below Sea Level, El Sicario – Room 164) Sacro GRA was the first ever documentary to win the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival (2013).

Colm McAuliffe is a writer and film curator. He contributes to The Quietus, Sight and Sound and the British Journal of Photography and is a programmer for the Cork Film Festival.

Sacro Gra, dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Italy 2013, 93 mins

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