Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas' powerful Caracas-set drama "From Afar" won the Venice Film Festival's top Golden Lion prize on Saturday.
The runner-up Grand Jury Prize went to an American film, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's inventive, animated "Anomalisa." And Pablo Trapero's "El Clan" ("The Clan"), an Argentine true-crime thriller that has broken box office records in its homeland, took the Silver Lion for best direction.
"From Afar" — "Desde Alla" in Spanish — is Vigas' first fiction feature, and it charts the unexpected relationship between a middle-aged middle-class man and a violent street youth. Quietly but powerfully, the film maps the currents of sex, money and violence beneath the surface of Venezuelan society.
Italy's Valeria Golino won best actress for playing a put-upon Neapolitan woman in Giuseppe Gaudino's experimental family drama "For Your Love." She won 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 jury also gave a prize for the best young actor to Abraham Attah, the 14-year-old Ghanaian star of "Beasts of No Nation."
The world's oldest film festival wrapped up Saturday after 11 days that brought U.S. stars including Jake Gyllenhaal, Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton and Johnny Depp for photo ops and red-carpet premieres