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Gianfranco Rosi - Filmmaker in Residence

Gianfranco Rosi_Fire at Sea

Gianfranco Rosi

Filmmaker in Residence

Centre for Film and Screen

University of Cambridge

14-28 May 2017


The Centre for Film and Screen, with support from the School of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Modern Languages, and the Department of Italian, is delighted to host celebrated documentarist Gianfranco Rosi as our Filmmaker in Residence for 2017.




All screenings will be at the Arts Picturehouse. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi.

Tickets can be purchased at



TUE 16 MAY, 6:30PM - BOATMAN, 1993, 55mins

THU 18 MAY, 6:30PM - BELOW SEA LEVEL, 2008, 110 mins, Winner Orizzonti Documentary Award, 65th Venice International Film Festival

SUN 21 MAY, 6:30PM - EL SICARIO, ROOM 164, 2010, 80 mins

TUE 23 MAY, 6:30PM - SACRO GRA, 2013, 95 mins, Winner Golden Lion, 70th Venice International Film Festival

THU 25 MAY, 6:30PM- FIRE AT SEA, 2016, 114 mins, Winner Golden Bear, 66th Berlin International Film Festival; Oscar nominated for best documentary film 2017


Master classes


17 May, 10am-12 noon

25 May, 10am-12 noon



Lands, Seas, Bodies: On the Cinema of Gianfranco Rosi

24 May, 1pm-6pm, McCrum Lecture theatre, Corpus Christi College

Speakers include: Robert Gordon (Cambridge), Rhiannon Harries (Cambridge), Laura Rascaroli (Cork), John David Rhodes (Cambridge), Emma Wilson (Cambridge) and Gianfranco Rosi



Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian directorcinematographerproducer and screenwriterFire at Sea (2016), a documentary focused on the migrant crisis on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Rosi is the only documentary filmmaker to win two top prizes at major European film festivals, and is one of only five filmmakers to win two top European festival prizes in the 21st century.

Rosi was born to Italian parents in Eritrea in 1963, leaving for Italy at the age of 12 during the Eritrean War of Independence.  At 19 Rosi moved to New York City to attend the New York University Film School.

He made his film debut with Boatman in 1993, which was screened at various international film festivals, including SundanceLocarno, Toronto, and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Below Sea Level won the Orizzonti Doc Award at the 65th Venice International Film Festival (2008) and Sacro GRA won the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (2013).