From Afar wins top prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival

The winners of the 72nd Venice Film Festival have been announced, and Desde allá (From Afar) has taken home the coveted Golden Lion for Best Film.

The film, from Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas, centers on the relationship between an older man, Armando, and a handsome young street thug, Elder. Armando lures young men into his home with the promise of money, though he looks and never touches. Through regular visits, Elder forms an unexpected intimacy with Armando, whose past prompts Elder to commit “the ultimate act of affection.”

Largely considered the runner-up honor, the Grand Jury Prize went to Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s American animated film. The Silver Lion for Best Director, meanwhile, went to Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero for his true-crime thriller El Clan (The Clan).

Another noteworthy recognition went to Beasts of No Nation. Actor Abraham Attah was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor for his performance as a young orphan who gets drafted into the child army of a ruthless warlord (Idris Elba). Directed by True Detective season 1’s Cary Fukunaga, this marks Netflix’s first foray into original feature films.

See the full list of winners below.

Venice 72
Golden LionFrom Afar (Lorenzo Vigas)
Silver Lion for Best DirectorPablo Trapero (The Clan)
Grand Jury PrizeAnomalisa (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
Volpi Cup for Best ActorFabrice Luchini (L’Hermine)
Volpi Cup for Best ActressValeria Golino (Per Amor Vostro)
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young ActorAbraham Attah, (Beasts Of No Nation)
Best ScreenplayChristian Vincent (L’Hermine)
Special Jury PrizeFrenzy (Emin Alper)

Venice Horizons
Best FilmFree In Deed (Jake Mahaffy)
Best DirectorBrady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader)
Special Jury PrizeNeon Bull (Gabriel Mascaro)
Special Prize for Best ActorDominique Leborne (Tempête)
Best Short FilmBelladonna (Dubravka Turic)
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut FilmThe Childhood of a Leader (Brady Corbet)

Venice Classics
Best Documentary on CinemaThe 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin (Yves Montmayeur)
Best RestorationSalo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

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