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Venice Film Festival: 'From Afar', film by Venezuelan director, wins Golden Lion for best picture

Venice Film Festival: 'From Afar', film by Venezuelan director, wins Golden Lion for best picture

Posted by PanamericanWorld on September 14, 2015

Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas' Caracas-set drama "From Afar" won the Golden Lion prize for best picture at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

It was a good night for Latin American films, as Pablo Trapero's Argentine true-crime thriller "El Clan" ("The Clan") took the Silver Lion for best direction.

"From Afar" — "Desde Alla" in Spanish — charts the unexpected relationship between a middle-aged, middle-class man and a street youth. Vigas dedicated his prize to his country, which has experienced severe political and economic instability.

"We are having some problems, but we are very positive," he said. "We are an amazing nation."

A jury led by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron chose winners from among 21 movies competing at the 72nd annual festival — an edition where war, crime and other woes of the world dominated onscreen.

The festival's Grand Jury Prize, considered the runner-up trophy, went to Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's inventive, animated "Anomalisa."

Italy's Valeria Golino took the best-actress trophy for playing a put-upon Neapolitan woman in Giuseppe Gaudino's experimental family drama "For Your Love." She took the same prize in 1986 for "A Tale of Love."

France's Fabrice Luchini was named best actor for his role as a judge trying to rekindle romance while presiding over a murder trial in Christian Vincent's "L'Hermine" ("Courted").

The world's oldest film festival wrapped up Saturday after 11 days that brought stars including Jake Gyllenhaal, Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton and Johnny Depp to the canal-crossed Italian city for water-borne photo ops and red carpet premieres.

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