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Venice ’13: “Sacro GRA” takes Golden Lion

A documentary has won the Venice Film Festival's top prize for the first time, with Gianfranco Rossi's Sacro GRA taking the festival's Golden Lion. (Pictured: Rossi)
September 9, 2013

A documentary has won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize for the first time, with Gianfranco Rossi’s Sacro GRA taking the festival’s Golden Lion.

Rossi (pictured above) picked up the top prize in Italy on Saturday (September 7). His film was one of two docs selected to play in competition at the festival, the other being Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known.

While The Unknown Known missed out on any awards at the festival, Venice jury president Bernardo Bertolucci said that the jury considered giving the award for Best Actor to Donald Rumsfeld.

Sacro GRA looks at the lives of people living near Rome’s Grande Raccordo Anulare orbital motorway. Its victory marks the first Italian winner of the Golden Lion since 1998′s The Way We Laughed.

The 70th La Biennale di Venezia ran from August 28 to September 7.

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