Bandeau Boatman Gianfranco Rosi



Gianfranco Rosi

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.

Festivals & Awards

Locarno International Film Festival – Official Selection – 1993

Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection – 1994

Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection – 1994


A highly entertaining documentary. Original and eccentric.

Variety International

Absorbing and surreal.

The New York Times

Original title: Boatman

Production: 21 One Productions

Nationality: Italy

Year of production: 1993

Running time: 55'

Language: English, Italian

Ratio: 1.33




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