Venezuela's ''Desde Alla'' (From Afar) wisn the Golden Lion on Saturday for best film at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
It was a night of highs and smiles as Venice crowned its film favourites on Saturday September 12. Venezuela's "Desde Alla" celebrated as the pick of the pack at the city's 72nd Film Festival. SOUNDBITE: "Desde Alla" director, Lorenzo Vigas, saying (English): "I'm overwhelmed a bit, but this is the product of a lot of work, an amazing group of people were involved. And this is an award for all of them." "Desde Alla" - which translates as "From Afar" - is set in Vigas' home country, and tells the story of a wealthy, middle-aged man, and his relationship with younger men. This year's Jury was presided over by Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, while actresses Diane Kruger and Elizabeth Banks joined him, among others. Notable entries among the 21 films vying for the Golden Lion was Netflix entry "Beast of No Nation." While it didn't win, its youthful star Abraham Attah did collect the prize for Best New Young Actor. SOUNDBITE: "Beasts of No Nation" actor, Abraham Attah, saying (English): "I was not expecting to get this award and they called "Abraham Attah" and I was like, "Oh!" I don't know what I was going to say and I was thinking of what I was going to say and I get my speech right and I went on stage and said what I was going to say." Other winners on the night included Italian actress Valeria Golino for best actress, picking up the award for the second time - almost thirty years after winning in 1986. Frenchman Fabrice Luchini meanwhile won Best Actor for his part in "L'Hermine".