Gianfranco Rosi
USA, I 2008
115 min

About 200 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 120 feet below sea level, a commune of outcasts lives in the middle of the desert. They are not some hippie colony, just a group of people who have turned their backs on society and want to be left alone. On this bare, arid plain, we see a mobile home here and there, a car or an impromptu house. The people who live here answer to imaginative names like Bulletproof, Insane Wayne and Bus Kenny. They kill time with messing around, doing odd jobs, talking and living. For some of them, this desolate place with no electricity or running water is a temporary address, while for others it is a permanent vacation. Everyone has his or her own reason for being here, and especially a reason not to be somewhere else. Gianfranco Rosi follows the inhabitants at a suitable distance, and doesn't provide any text or explanation but lets the images and the people speak for themselves. Below Sea Level also includes an impressive starring role for the spectacular desert sky.
\"The film's point of view is simple and naked. It is not the eye of an outsider looking in. It is simply the eye of the place itself witnessing the life of the place.\"

  • Gianfranco Rosi
  • Gianfranco Rosi
  • Gianfranco Rosi
  • Jacopo Quadri
  • Gianfranco Rosi

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35 mm
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