This picaresque and insightful documentary about the people living around Rome’s Ring Road was the winner of this year Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Combining a deceptively simple verité style with luminous cinematography, acclaimed Documentarian Gianfranco Rosi ‘(Boatmen, Below Sea Level’) introduces us to a gallery of fascinating characters, their work, their homes and their various intriguing personalities through the different phases of day and night-time hours.

A nobleman down on his luck, a paramedic having a hellish night, a transvestite prostitute wearily picking up clients, a botanist trying to save palm trees from insect infestation and an eel fisherman with his Ukranian wife working the River Tiber are just some of the people who combine to give us a fascinating portrait of modern Italian life on the outskirts of Rome.