From Afar (film)

From Afar (Spanish: Desde allá)[2] is a 2015 Venezuelan drama film directed by Lorenzo Vigas and written by Vigas and Guillermo Arriaga. It won the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[3][4][5] It was selected as the Venezuelan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[6]

From Afar
Film poster
Directed byLorenzo Vigas
Written byLorenzo Vigas
Guillermo Arriaga
StarringAlfredo Castro
CinematographySergio Armstrong
Release date
  • 10 September 2015 (2015-09-10) (Venice)
Running time
94 minutes
Box office$148,594[1]

The film is about Armando, a wealthy middle-aged man who gets involved with Élder, a young man from a street gang.[7][8]


  • 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


Award / Film Festival Category Recipient(s) Result
AFI Fest Audience Award New Auteurs Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Biarritz Film Festival Best Actor Luis Silva Won
Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Goya Awards Best Spanish Language Foreign Film Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Havana Film Festival Grand Coral - First Work Lorenzo Vigas Won
Viña del Mar International Film Festival Paoa Prize - Best Picture Lorenzo Vigas Won
Best Director Lorenzo Vigas Won
Miami International Film Festival Best Screenplay Lorenzo Vigas Won
Montclair Film Festival Narrative Feature Competition Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Munich Film Festival Best Film By An Emerging Director Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
San Francisco International Film Festival New Director Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
San Sebastián International Film Festival Horizons Award - Special Mention Luis Silva Won
Horizons Award Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Thessaloniki International Film Festival Golden Alexander Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Best Screenplay Lorenzo Vigas Won
Best Actor Alfredo Castro Won
Venice Film Festival[9] Golden Lion Lorenzo Vigas Won
Green Drop Award Lorenzo Vigas Nominated
Zagreb Film Festival The Golden Pram Lorenzo Vigas Nominated

See also


  1. "Desde allá (2016) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. Óscar Esquivias. "Una Venezuela de cine" (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. "Leone d'oro a 'Desde Alla' di Vigas" (in Italian). ANSA. 12 September 2015.
  4. "Venice Film Festival: Lido Lineup Builds Awards Season Buzz – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. "Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs". Variety. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. Mango, Agustin (11 August 2016). "Venezuela Selects 'From Afar' as Oscar Entry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  7. "Venezuelan film Desde Alla wins top Venice festival award". BBC News. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  8. "'From Afar' ('Desde alla'): Venice Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  9. "2015 Awards". The Guardian. 22 August 2016.
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