Italian documentary Holy GRA wins Venice Golden Lion
VENICE, Veneto (AFP) - Italian director Gianfranco Rosi's documentary Holy GRA, which looks into everyday life off a Rome ring road, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the Venice film festival on Saturday.
"I would never, ever have believed a documentary would win Venice film festival," said an emotional Rosi, who won the top prize out of 20 films in competition with his tale, which peered into houses, workplaces and gardens.
The director said he had spent years preparing and researching for the film and thanked "the characters for allowing me into their lives."
Holy GRA was one of an unprecedented two documentaries in the running for the Lion, and Rosi said it had been a "huge act of courage" to let them compete.