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Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi (born 1964)

Gianfranco Rosi was born in Asmara, Eritrea. After attending university in Italy, in 1985 he moves to New York and graduates from the New York University Film School. Following a journey to India, he produces and directs his first documentary film, Boatman, screened with success at various international film festivals including the Sundance IFF, the Locarno IFF and the Toronto IFF. In 2008, Below Sea Level, shot in Slab City, California, wins the Orizzonti Award at the Venice IFF. The film also wins the Grand Prix and the Prix des Jeunes at the Cinéma du Réel festival in 2009, the prize for best documentary at the One World FF in Prague, the Vittorio De Seta Prize at the Bif&st 2009 for the Best Documentary and was nominated as Best Documentary at the European Film Awards in 2009. In 2010, he shoots the feature El Sicario - Room 164, a film-interview about a killer turned informer from the Mexican drug cartels and wins the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice IFF and the Doc/It Prize as the Best Documentary of the year. It also won Best Film at DocLisboa in 2010 and at DocAviv in 2011. In 2013, he makes the documentary feature, Sacro GRA, that wins the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF.

 

Filmography

Boatman (1993), Afterwords (2001), Below Sea Level (2008), El Sicario, Room 164 (2010), Sacro GRA (2013), Fire at Sea (2016).

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