Sacro Gra

by Gianfranco Rosi

'I carried Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities with me as I was scouting locations for the film. It is a book about travel, which I see as the process that unites a place and its inhabitants in the confusion and desires that are generated by city life and that we ultimately draw into ourselves. The book advances along myriad paths and allows itself to be carried along by a series of mental states that overtake and overlap one another. Its structure is dense and complex and the reader can navigate it according to his state of mind and the circumstances of his life. The book led me forward during the many months working on the film when the real GRA seemed to elude me, more invisible than ever.'G.Rosi