BOATMAN is Gianfranco Rosi's account of a boattrip along the Ganges river, together with his helmsman Gopal. They pass tourists and Indians who are bathing, working or meditating. In a series of small portraits Rosi depicts life on and at the banks of India's sacred river. Central theme of this film is the imagination of the endless circle of life and death, which is rooted in the lives of the Indian people, and which is convincingly manifested in the way they bid the dead farewell.
- Gianfranco Rosi
- Jacopo Quadri
- DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
- 21 ONE PRODUCTIONS
...I wanted the audience to go through the same feeling as me. If people could feel what we were feeling in the room, the film could work.
Born in Eritrea in 1964 during the country’s war of independence, he was evacuated to Italy without his family in 1977. He then lived in Rome and Istanbul before taking up studies at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York in 1984. His graduation film, BOATMAN (1993), screened at festivals like Sundance, Locarno, Toronto and Amsterdam, followed by AFTERWARDS (2001) which premiered at Venice Film Festival. BELOW SEA LEVEL, which he directed, photographed and produced, premiered in Venice in 2008 and won the Orizzonti Doc Award, the Grand Prix and Prix Des Jeunes at Cinema Du Reel Paris and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards 2009. His documentary about Rome, SACRO GRA, won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2013. His most recent work, FIRE AT SEA (2016), was the Golden Bear winner at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.