Oscars: Venezuela Selects 'From Afar' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival
'From Afar'

Lorenzo Vigas' film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Venezuela's National Association of Film Auteurs has selected Lorenzo Vigas' From Afar to be the country's bid for a nomination in the best foreign-language film category at the 89th Oscars.

The film's social media accounts posted the news on Thursday: "On the road to the Oscars! We happily announce that Lorenzo Vigas' #FromAfar has been selected to represent Venezuela at the 89th edition of the Academy Awards. This decision was informed today by the jury of the commission designated by the National Association of Film Auteurs (ANAC)," read the Instagram post.

Distributed by Strand Releasing in the U.S. and a winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year, From Afar stars Chilean actor Alfredo Castro (Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner The Club) as a middle-aged gay man who establishes an obscure relationship with a young thug (Luis Silva).

Venezuela is the first country in the region to select its Oscar submission, aiming for its first-ever nomination.