AceShowbiz - The winners for the 72nd annual Venice Film Festival were announced as the event came to a close on September 12. "From Afar" or "Desde alla" won the coveted Golden Lion, making it the first ever Latin American film to receive the prize.
The first feature film by director Lorenzo Vigas and the first-ever entry from Venezuela, it follows a wealthy middle-aged man who falls for a street thug, changing both their lives. It's based on a story by "21 Grams" writer Guillermo Arriaga.
The head jury, Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), denied a suggestion that the outcome of the jury's deliberations may have been influenced by his Mexican heritage. "I have as much sway as the King or Queen of Sweden. My role is more representative than anything else. Even if I had wanted (to support Latin America) it would have been a bigger conspiracy and I would have had to share the money," he joked as quoted by Deadline.
Another winner is %cBrady Corbet%'s directorial debut "The Childhood of a Leader". It won Best First Film and earned Corbet the title of Best Director. A historical drama about the childhood of a fascist leader during World War I, it stars %cRobert Pattinson%, %cBerenice Bejo%, %cLiam Cunningham%, and %cStacy Martin%.
The Grand Jury award, often considered as the runner-up honor, went to Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's American animated film, "Anomalisa". Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" which marks Netflix's first foray into feature film earned one of the cast, %cAbraham Attah%, a Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor.
Noticeably missing from the winner list is "The Danish Girl" starring %cEddie Redmayne% despite its rave reviews from audience. "This is not a testament of a universal truth. This is just this decision of this group of people. You know if you put the same films with a different group of people, you would have a different result. An award doesn't prove much. The only thing that proves something is time and history," Cuaron reasoned.