How Much Is the Golden Lion Worth? Premiere of Sacro GRA in a Retrospective of Gianfranco Rosi
Viewers from across the world will remember the past edition of Venice IFF for a long time. Not only did it impress itself on their minds for its 70th anniversary but it also had a big surprise in store for them. For the first time ever, the desired statuette of the Golden Lion went to a documentary film. The one to tame the Golden Lion of Venice and rank among iconic filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and Luchino Visconti was Italian director GIANFRANCO ROSI.
Untraditional protagonists, perhaps eccentrics, yet always with a clear world view. Such are the people depicted in the documentaries by [Gianfranco Rosi(http://dafilms.com/director/9324-gianfranco-rosi/). The director uses the camera rather as a microscope, observing the events around him with endless patience and care. In his eyes, seemingly simple and banal stories become urgent and complex accounts of the state of contemporary society. It is the very combination of inner determination and meditative observation, with which Rosi has filmed the everyday lives of Romans living in the vicinity of the major traffic artery Grande Raccordo Anulare for two years, that has charmed the Venice jury.
The surprising and very first documentary winner of Venice is available to viewers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia in an online premiere on Monday, May 5 at DAFilms.cz. For the first time in the portal’s history, the viewers have a unique chance to decide whether and how much they want to pay for the premiere viewing of SACRO GRA. Will they appreciate the Golden Lion by a full fee, a symbolic support or will they use the opportunity of watching the winning film for free? Let’s wait and see!
All the other viewers from across the globe can watch the director’s previous films in a unique online retrospective in the week from May 5 to 11 at DAFilms.com completely for free! Meet a Mexican mass murderer in EL SICARIO, ROOM 164 (2010) while safely seated in your couch at home. Pop out to the North American desert where a group of social outcasts lives in self-imposed solitude in BELOW SEA LEVEL (2008). Last but not least, do not forget to sail the Ganges River with an untraditional guide. BOATMAN (1993) is waiting for you!
Films for the event
El Sicario - Room 164 (Orig.) / 2010 / France, Italy / 81 min
A Juarez hit man speaks : el sicario ROOM 164 is an eighty-minute documentary about a hit man. He has killed hundreds of people, is an expert in torture and kidnapping, and for many years was a commander of the state police in Chihuahua.
Below Sea Level (Orig.) / 2009 / Italy, United States / 119 min
About 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 120 feet below sea level, a commune of outcasts lives in the middle of the desert. They're not some hippie colony, just a group of people who have turned their backs on society and want to be left alone.