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Venezuelan drama ‘From Afar’ wins best film at Venice

Tiziana Fabi, AFP | Director Lorenzo Vigas (C) actors Alfredo Castro (R) and Luis Silva hold the Golden Lion for Best Film for his film "Desde Alla" (From Afar) at the 72nd Venice Film Festival on September 12, 2015

Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas' Caracas-set drama "From Afar" has won the Golden Lion prize for best picture at the Venice Film Festival.


Pablo Trapero's Argentine true-crime thriller "El Clan" ("The Clan") won the Silver Lion for best direction. The Grand Jury Prize went to Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's inventive, animated "Anomalisa."

Italy's Valeria Golino and France's Fabrice Luchini took the acting trophies.

A jury led by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron chose winners from among 21 movies competing at the 72nd annual festival - an edition where war, crime and other woes of the world dominated onscreen.

The world's oldest film festival wrapped up Saturday after 11 days that brought stars including Jake Gyllenhaal, Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton and Johnny Depp to the canal-crossed Italian city.


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