Sacro GRA

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Sacro GRA
Sacro GRA.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
Written by Gianfranco Rosi
Cinematography Gianfranco Rosi
Edited by Jacopo Quadri
Release dates
  • 4 September 2013 (2013-09-04) (Venice)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Sacro GRA (pronounced [ˈsakro dʒi ˈɛrre a], Italian for "Holy GRA") is a 2013 Italian documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi. It won the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[1] It was the first documentary film to win the award at the Venice Festival.[2][3]

The film depicts life along the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the ring-road highway that circles Rome.[4] Rosi spent over two years in filming, while the editing of the film required eight months of work.[5] According to the director, the film was inspired by Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, a novel in which the explorer Marco Polo is imagined describing his travels to the Emperor of China Kublai Khan.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Vince l'Italia: Leone d'oro a "Sacro GRA"". La Repubblica. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Franck Nouchi (8 September 2013). "Pour la première fois, le Lion d'or à Venise récompense un documentaire". Le Monde. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Italian documentary Sacro GRA wins Golden Lion". BBC News. 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Deborah Young (5 September 2013). "Sacro GRA, Tales from Rome’s Ring Road (Sacro GRA): Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Jay Weissberg (5 September 2013). "Venice Film Review: ‘Sacro GRA’". Variety. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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