Shockeroo: ‘Sacro GRA’ wins top prize at Venice Film Festival

“Sacro GRA” – a little known Italian documentary about the ring road around Rome – pulled off a shocking upset to snag the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.  Underdogs also prevailed in many other top races:

Golden Lion: “Sacro GRA,” Gianfranco Rosi

Grand Jury Prize: “Stray Dogs,” Tsai Ming-liang

Silver Lion (Best Director): “Miss Violence,” Alexandros Avranas

Best Actor: Themis Panou, “Miss Violence”

Best Actress: Elena Cotta, “A Street in Palermo”

Marcello Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actor): Tye Sheridan, “Joe”

Best Screenplay: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”

Special Jury Prize: “The Police Officer’s Wife,” Phillip Groning

Luigi de Laurentiis Award (Best Debut Feature): “White Shadow,” Noaz Deshe


Best Film: “Eastern Boys,” Robin Campillo

Best Director: Uberto Pasolini, “Still Life”

Special Jury Prize: “Ruin”

Award for Innovative Content: “Fish and Cat”

Best Short Film: “Kush”

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