Italian film wins in VeniceVENICE - The Italian film “Sacro GRA,” a documentary by director Gianfranco Rosi about life along the highway that circles Rome, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
Rosi called the award “a breakthrough” for documentaries, given that this year was the first time documentaries were included in the main competition.
Rosi dedicated the prize to the characters in the film “who allowed me to enter their lives. Some of them became involuntary protagonists, without knowing it.”
It was the first time an Italian film has won the top prize at Venice since 1998, when Gianni Amelio won for “The Way We Laughed.”
The Silver Lion for best director went to Alexandros Avranas of Greece for “Miss Violence,” a disturbing look at sexual violence and abuse perpetrated by a grandfather.
Themis Panou won the best actor prize for his leading role in “Miss Violence,” and Elena Cotta won best actress for her role in Emma Dante’s “A Street in Palermo,” about two women who reach a standoff when their cars come grill-to-grill on a narrow street.