Venice: Venezuelan Drama 'From Afar' Wins Golden Lion
Charlie Kaufman's animated film 'Anomalisa' won the Grand Jury Prize.
From Afar by Lorenzo Vigas won the Golden Lion top prize of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. The film is the first Venezuelan film in the festival, and is the first feature by Vigas. The graphic psychological drama explores the relationship between a middle-age gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas and a young street kid.
"Wow. This is a bit of a surprise that will be very well received in a country where we’ve had some problems in the last years and I hope this will help," said Vigas upon accepting the prize, noting that the production in Caracas was quite difficult to accomplish. "I want to dedicate this prize to my amazing country, Venezuela. We've been having some problems, but we're very positive. We're an amazing nation and we're going to start talking to each other more."
The top two prizes hailed from Latin America. Silver Lion for best director went to Pablo Trapero for his Argentine kidnapping thriller The Clan. The stop motion animated wonder Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson took home the grand jury prize.
Newcomer Abraham Attah won best new actor for Beasts of No Nation, thanking his director Cary Fukunaga and Netflix in his speech. Valeria Golina won the competition prize for best actress and Fabrice Luchini for best actor.
Jury President Alfonso Cuaron announced the awards at the Sala Grande at the closing ceremony Saturday night.
The festival's 21 films in competition tackled a variety of contemporary political topics from transgender issues in The Danish Girl to child soliders in Beasts of No Nation. Several films dealt with personal issues such as loss in The Wait and Heart of a Dog. Given the success of recent Venice films during Oscar season, as evidenced by Gravity and Birdman, more studios are seeing Venice as an awards launchpad.
The crowd in Venice became emotional when Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial last film Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom was announced as best restored film. Brady Corbet flew in last minute from upstate New York for the best debut film award for The Childhood of a Leader.
Among the auxiliary prizes, The Danish Girl took home the Queer Lion award, for bringing the life of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe to the big screen. Anomalisa won the Future Film Festival Digital Award. And Early Winter by Michael Rowe took home the Venice Days award.
The full list of awards is as follows:
Golden Lion for Best Film: From Afar by Lorenzo Vigas
Silver Lion for Best DIrector: Pablo Trapero for El Clan
Grand Jury Prize: Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnnson
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Fabrice Luchini for Courted
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Valeria Golina for Per amor vostro
"Marcello Mastroianni" Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Abraham Attah for Beasts of No Nation
Award for Best Screenplay: Christian Vincent for Courted
Special Jury Prize: Frenzy by Emin Alper
Best Film: Free in Deed by Jake Mahaffy
Best Director: Brady Corbet for Childhood of a Leader
Special Jury Prize: Neon Bull by Gabriel Mascaro
Best Short Film: Belladonna by Dubravka Turic
Best Actor of Actress: Dominique Leborne by in Tempete
Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2014:
"Luigi de Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film: The Childhood of a Leader by Brady Corbet
Best Restored Film: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom by Pier Paolo Passolini
Best Documentary: The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin by Yves Montmayeur
FIPRESCI Award: Blood of My Blood by Marco Bellocchio
Queer Lion Award
The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper
Special Mention to Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj
Behemoth by Liang Zhao
Special Mention to The Wait by Piero Messina
Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola per il Cinema Award: The Wait by Piero Messina
Francesco Pasinetti Award
Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari
Best actor award to Luca Marinelli for Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari
Best actress award to Valeria Golino for Per amor vostro by Giuseppe M. Gaudino
Special award to La prima luce by Vincenzo Marra
Brian Award: Spotlight by Thomas McCarthy
Arca CinemaGiovani Award
Best film of Venezia 72: Abluka (Frenzy) by Emin Alper
Best Italian film to Pecore in erba by Alberto Caviglia
to Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari
Special Mention “Fedic – Il Giornale del Cibo” to The Wait by Piero Messina
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award
to Alexander Sokurov for Francofonia
Special Award to Johnny Depp and to director Terry Gilliam
Future Film Festival Digital Award: Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
P. Nazareno Taddei Award: Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli
Lanterna Magica (CGS) Award: Blanka by Kohki Hasei
Lina Mangiacapre Award: Laurie Anderson for Heart of a Dog
Mouse d'Oro Award
Mouse d’oro for the best film of Venezia 72: Rabin, the last day by Amos Gitai
Mouse d’argento for the best Out of Competition film to Spotlight by Tom McCarthy
Human Rights Nights Award: Rabin, the last day by Amos Gitai
“Sorriso diverso Venezia 2015” Award
Best Italian film to Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari
Best film in a foreign language to Blanka by Kohki Hasei
CITC – UNESCO 2015 Award: Beasts of No Nationby Cary Fukunaga
VENICE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS’ WEEK AWARDS
Audience Award: Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler
VENICE DAYS AWARDS
Venice Days Award: Early Winter by Michael Rowe
BNL People's Choice Award: As I Open My Eyes by Leyla Bouzid
Europa Cinemas Label Best European Film: As I Open My Eyes by Leyla Bouzid
PRIZE "LAGUNA SUD"
Best Film: Lolo by Julie Delpy (France)
Best Italian Discovery: Arianna by Carlo Lavagna