Venezuelan film ‘From Afar’ wins Golden Lion

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VENICE: Venezuelan film “Desde Alla” (From Afar), a drama that deals with repressed gay love, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday on a night to remember for Latin American cinema.

The debut feature by director Lorenzo Vigas was picked as best film by a jury chaired by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron from a selection of 21 films from around the world.

The Silver Lion for best director went to Argentina’s Pablo Trapero for “The Clan”, a crime movie based on a real-life story of a prosperous family of kidnappers in Buenos Aires which has been a huge hit on home soil.

American duo Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson took the Grand Jury Prize for their acclaimed and highly original stop animation feature for adults “Anomalisa”.

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