Sacro GRA

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]

Sacro GRA
Film poster
Directed byGianfranco Rosi
Written byGianfranco Rosi
CinematographyGianfranco Rosi
Edited byJacopo Quadri
Release date
  • 4 September 2013 (2013-09-04) (Venice)
Running time
90 minutes


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 film's editing required eight months of work.[5] According to the director, the film was inspired by Italo Calvino's novel Invisible Cities (1972), 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. 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. Jay Weissberg (5 September 2013). "Venice Film Review: 'Sacro GRA'". Variety. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
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