Gianfranco Rosi Retrospective

Gianfranco Rosi Retrospective

 

Northwest Film Forum is proud to present the first Seattle retrospective of the work of Gianfranco Rosi. Throughout his career, the Italian director, cinematographer, producer and screenwriter has pushed the boundaries of the documentary form. His 2013 film Sacro GRA, which depicts life along the ring-road highway that circles Rome, became the first documentary to win the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, during the festival’s 70th edition. This year, Fire at Sea (2016), which centers on a young boy living on a Sicilian island that has become the entry point for migrants seeking refuge in Europe, won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and has been put forward as Italy’s foreign language film submission and a candidate for Best Documentary for the Academy Awards.The themes and settings of his films range from a portrait of life and death on the Ganges River, to a chronicle of the outcasts and bohemians who inhabit a California shanty town, to an exploration of the vagrants, gravediggers and others living on the fringes of Rome. Rosi’s films do not attempt to inform the audience, but rather to affect them on a deeper, more intuitive level. He has said, “I want to make something that somehow transforms the reality into something else. It becomes like a suspension of elements, where the audience has to start to interact with their own knowledge of things. Or maybe with their own emotional understanding of things, and then create their own world.” Rosi often spends years shooting his films, developing intensely intimate relationships with his subjects, and chronicling these through layered narratives and visual metaphors that examine the lived experiences of people through deeply political and distinctively artistic means. 

 

Gianfranco Rosi was born in Eritrea in 1964. He studied at New York University Film School and currently lives and works in Manhattan. 

 

Boatman (1993, doc), Afterwords (2001, short, co-dir), Below Sea Level (2008, doc) Sacro GRA (2013, doc), Fire at Sea (2016, doc).

 

Boatman

Seattle premiere!

Nov 25, 2016

(Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/US, 1993, DCP, 55 min)

Boatman is Gianfranco Rosi's account of a boat trip along the Ganges River, together with his helmsman Gopal. They pass tourists and Indians who are bathing, working or meditating. In a series of small portraits Rosi depicts life on and at the banks of India's sacred river.

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Below Sea Level

Seattle premiere!

Nov 26, 2016

(Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/US, 2009, DCP, 119 min)

Winner of the 2013 Orizzonti and Doc/It awards at the Venice International Film Festival. Not far from Los Angeles, 35 meters below sea level, lies Slab City, an abandoned desert site of a former military base. A community of nonconformists lives there with no government, water or electricity, with the sole purpose of finding inner peace.

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Sacro GRA

Seattle premiere!

Nov 27, 2016

(Gianfranco Rosi, Italy, 2013, DCP, 95 min)

Gianfranco Rosi turns his lense on a  part of his own country, roaming and filming for over two years in a minivan on Rome’s giant ring road—the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or GRA—to discover the invisible worlds and possible futures harbored in this area of constant turmoil. The result is a beguiling, utterly uncliched love letter to Rome itself.

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Fire at Sea

Seattle premiere! 

Dec 08 - Dec 11, 2016

(Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France, 2016, DCP, 108 min)

For residents of Lampedusa, life continues at a steady pace. Samuele, observant 12-year-old Lampedusan, likes playing on land, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and those who try to cross it to get to his island. Gianfranco Rosi simultaneously documents Samuele's life and a few of the many battered boats that wash ashore, as migrants finally reach land after a harrowing journey. What’s next?

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