Italian documentary ‘Holy GRA’ wins Venice Golden Lion

10 Sep

Gianfranco-Rosi'-documentary-Holy-GRAItalian director Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary “Holy GRA”, which looks into everyday life off a Rome ring road, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the Venice film festival on Saturday.

 
“I would never, ever have believed a documentary would win Venice film festival,” said an emotional Rosi, who won the top prize out of 20 films in competition with his tale, which peered into houses, workplaces and gardens.

 

The director said he had spent years preparing and researching for the film and thanked “the characters for allowing me into their lives.” “Holy GRA” was one of an unprecedented two documentaries in the running for the Lion, and Rosi said it had been a “huge act of courage” to let them compete.

 

The film glimpses into the lives of a former aristocrat in a kitsch palace, an ambulance man who rushes to save car crash victims on the ring road and an elderly bushy-bearded father who shares a tiny apartment with his daughter.

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 The best actor prize went to Greece’s Themis Panou for his role as father to a family which harbours a deep secret in Alexandros Avranas’s “Miss Violence”.

Avranas was awarded the Silver Lion award for best director for the film, which shocked audiences with a chilling tale of incest and child suicide.

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