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From Afar (2015)
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Director:Lorenzo Vigas Producer:Guillermo Arriaga, Rodolfo Cova, Michel Franco, Lorenzo Vigas

Story by:Guillermo Arriaga, Lorenzo Vigas Screenplay by:Lorenzo Vigas  Cinematography:Sergio Armstrong  

Edited by:Isabela Monteiro de Castro Running time:94 minutes Country:Venezuela Language:Spanish Genre:Drama, Romance  

Subtitle:English,   Starring:Alfredo Castro as Armando, Luis Silva as Élder, Jericó Montilla as Amelia,

Catherina Cardozo as María, Jorge Luis Bosque as Fernando, Greymer Acosta as Palma, Auffer Camacho as Mermelada

 
 

 


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ҧ:7 wins & 14 nominations.

 

AFI Fest 2015

Nominated
Audience Award
New Auteurs
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema 2015

Won
Best Actor
Luis Silva 
 

 

Glasgow Film Festival 2016

Nominated
Audience Award
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Havana Film Festival 2015

Won
Grand Coral - First Prize
First Work
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Mar del Plata Film Festival 2015

Nominated
Best Latin-American Film
Latin-American Competition
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Miami Film Festival 2016

Won
Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award
Best Screenplay
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2016

Nominated
Narrative Feature Competition
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Munich Film Festival 2016

Nominated
CineVision Award
Best Film By An Emerging Director
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Premios Fénix (Fenix Film Awards) 2016

Nominated
Premio Fénix
Best Actor
Alfredo Castro 
 
Best Editing
Isabela Monteiro de Castro 
 
Best Screenplay
Lorenzo Vigas 
 
Best Film
 

 

San Francisco International Film Festival 2016

Nominated
Golden Gate Award
New Director
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2015

Won
Horizons Award - Special Mention
Luis Silva 
 
For his performance.
Nominated
Horizons Award
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

 

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015

Won
Best Actor
Alfredo Castro 
Won
Best Screenplay
Lorenzo Vigas 
Nominated
Golden Alexander
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

Venice Film Festival 2015

Won
Golden Lion
Lorenzo Vigas 
Nominated
Green Drop Award
Lorenzo Vigas 
 

Zagreb Film Festival 2015

Nominated
The Golden Pram
Best Film
Lorenzo Vigas 
Factor RH Producciones 
Malandro Films 
Lucia Films 
 
 


From Afar (Spanish: Desde allá) is a 2015 Venezuelan drama film directed by Lorenzo Vigas. It won the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. It was selected as the Venezuelan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film is about Armando, a wealthy middle-aged man who gets sexually involved with Élder, a young man from a street gang.

Storyline

Armando, a middle-aged owner of a Caracas dental prosthesis business, is estranged from his father, who he observes occasionally from a distance. He finds a young man of the streets who negotiates a fee high enough for the boy to be used to provide Armando''s masturbatory object. Although a following encounter ends in a beating for Armando, he continues to make the boy dependent. What is the final result that Armando desires? Is it something more than a conflicted relationship with a hustler?

User Reviews
Great movie. Very human narrative
26 August 2016 | by colarusso-1 (Brazil)
This film is one of the best productions made in Latin America have seen in recent years. It shows clearly the loneliness and abandonment leading to attitudes often repulsive. The highly original narrative takes us to a completely unexpected outcome. In this aspect the film has a highly original narrative, nothing the usual story of an old man paying to have sex with a young man. Abandonment, loneliness, violence. The sad fact of everyday life. Excellent actors and an excellent pace of narrative to the end. The film even deserved all the awards he received. A masterpiece. I can not understand the criticism as negative other commentators. It''s an intimate film with enormous human content. For those who live in Latin America like me it is clear that the director knows the violent environment of cities like Caracas. Great movie.







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