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Below Sea Level


Gianfranco Rosi
United-States, Italy, 2008
115'
English
French


Synopsis


Située au milieu du désert californien et 35 mètres sous le niveau de la mer, l’ancienne base militaire de Slab City est aujourd'hui un vaste camp de caravanes, de mobil homes et d’épaves de bus. Ce campement sans eau, sans électricité, sans règles n’est pourtant pas une communauté de hippies. Les hommes et les femmes qui y vivent, qu’on ne connaît que par leurs surnoms, sont des écorchés de la vie. Suite à un accident de parcours, ils sont venus chercher dans ce décor aride la quiétude que la vie leur refusait.

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Gianfranco Rosi’s powerful filmmaking has just earned him a Golden Bear for "Fire at Sea", and here in "Below Sea Level" he repeats his winning formula: a tremendous gift for storytelling, true discretion and absolute respect for his subjects. We get attached to all his characters, their life stories, and the setbacks that have driven them off track into this wilderness that is laid bare with an unobtrusive eye. This is a heady film, worth seeing again regularly, as it gradually brings to light our own inner changes. No man ever steps in the same river twice.

Pascal Catheland
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filmmaker

Gianfranco Rosi

Né à Asmara, en Erythrée, citoyen italien et américain, Rosi a étudié le cinéma à l'Université de New York. Il est l’auteur de six documentaires remarqués. “Below Sea Level“, son premier long métrage, a notamment remporté le Grand Prix du festival Cinéma du Réel. Ses deux derniers films, "Sacro GRA" sur le périphérique de Rome et "Fuocoammare" sur Lampedusa, sont les premiers documentaires à obtenir, respectivement, un Lion d’Or au Festival International du film de Venise et un Ours d'Or à la Berlinale.

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