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    In the Top 10 program, renowned Italian filmmaker and IDFA 2020 Guest of Honor Gianfranco Rosi presents a nomadic journey through his world of cinema, in the process offering valuable entry points to decode his own oeuvre. Illustrating Rosi’s masterful approach, the selection invites audiences to re-discover the filmmaker through discovering the films that helped shape him, which include documentary, hybrid, and fiction titles. Read more about how the program came to life and explore the titles below.

    Selected for the Top 10

    10 Shorts by Vittorio De Seta

    • Vittorio De Seta

    In the 1950s, Vittorio De Seta documented the lives of south Italian fishermen, farmers, and mine workers in short films with no dialogue. He packed astonishing density of information into rhythmically edited scenes, like a poet-anthropologist.


    • Susana de Sousa Dias
    • 2009

    The faces of political prisoners stare straight back at us from photos in dossiers from dictatorship-era Portugal as we hear their recollections. A powerfully eloquent and multi-award-winning minimalist documentary.


    • Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli
    • 1975

    Two filmmakers take in the homeless, heavily pregnant 16-year-old Anna. This cinéma vérité classic is not only a depiction of the deeply divided Italy of the 1970s, but also a fascinating portrait of the dynamics between filmmaker and subject.

    Banditi a Orgosolo

    • Vittorio De Seta
    • 1961

    Law-abiding shepherd Michele is falsely accused of murder. He flees, loses everything, and finds he’s left with no option but to commit a crime. A deeply authentic feature film with documentary elements.

    A Bigger Splash

    • Jack Hazan
    • 1974

    The camera is right there when the relationship of artist David Hockney and Peter Schlesinger implodes. A Bigger Splash was revolutionary in both its form—all the protagonists play themselves—and its frank representation of homosexual themes.

    Francesco, giullare di Dio

    • Roberto Rossellini
    • 1950

    Monks at the Nocere Inferiore monastery enact nine parables from the life of St. Francis. Both Pasolini and Truffaut declared this to be one of the best films ever made—and even the Vatican concurred with their judgement.

    India: Matri Bhumi

    • Roberto Rossellini
    • 1959

    A journey in India in 1959, a time when modernization was replacing nature and spirituality. The life stories of two ordinary Indians illustrate the rapacious march of progress, with comments by Rossellini in his poetic voice-over.

    Los Olvidados

    • Luis Buñuel
    • 1950

    This intensively researched film by director Luis Buñuel gives a surrealistic twist to Italian neo-realism, such as in his well-known dream scene. This masterpiece dissects the destructive impact of poverty on young slum dwellers in Mexico City.

    The Mouth of the Wolf

    • Pietro Marcello
    • 2009

    Melancholy pervades this unashamedly poetic film that’s difficult to pigeonhole. A raw but lyrical portrait of an extraordinary couple—ex-criminal Enzo and transgender Maria—in the port city of Genoa.

    Route One/USA

    • Robert Kramer
    • 1989

    This documentary-fiction hybrid travels with two men on their way from the north of America to the south, along the east coast and through the nation’s history. Their guiding theme is the 2,300-mile highway U.S. Route 1.

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