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Gianfranco Rosi (born 30 November 1963) is an Italian director, cinematographer, producer and screenwriter. His film Sacro GRA won Golden Lion at 70th Venice International Film Festival. Sacro GRA is the first documentary film to win Golden Lion in history of the Venice film festival and the first Italian film to win in fifteen years, after Gianni Amelio's The Way We Laughed won the award in 1998. His 2016 film Fire at Sea, a documentary focused on European migrant crisis on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] Rosi is the only documentary filmmaker to win two top prizes at major European film festivals (Cannes, Berlin and Venice) and is currently the only filmmaker besides Michael Haneke, Jafar Panahi, Ang Lee, and Ken Loach to win two top European festival prizes in the 21st century.

Gianfranco Rosi
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Rosi at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born (1963-11-30) 30 November 1963 (age 55)
OccupationFilm director, documentarian
Years active1985-present

Life and careerEdit

Rosi was born in November 1963 in Asmara, Eritrea,[2][3] during the Eritrean War of Independence. At just 12 years old, he was carried to safety in Italy in a military plane, leaving his parents in Eritrea.[4] After living as a youth in Rome and Istanbul, at 19 Rosi moved to New York City to attend the New York University Film School.[4]

He made his film debut with Boatman, which was screened at various international film festivals, including Sundance Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. His film Below Sea Level won the Orizzonti Doc Award at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.[5]

At the 70th Venice International Film Festival his film Sacro GRA won the Golden Lion award.[6]



  1. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Actualité cinéma - Challenges".
  4. ^ a b Piero Cinelli (8 September 2013). "Sacro Gra: un Leone 'sorprendente'". Primissima. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Orizzonti verticali". Il Sole 24 Ore. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  6. ^ Ide, Ella. "Italian documentary 'Holy GRA' wins Venice Golden Lion". Fox News. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  7. ^ Rosi, Gianfranco (Director) (1993). Boatman.
  8. ^ Lalemand, Jean Sébastien (Director) & Casas, Carlos Martinez (Director) & Rosi, Gianfranco (Director & Cinematographer) (2001). Afterwords.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Gianfranco Rosi (director) (2008). Below Sea Level. Slab City, California.

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