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| 93 minutes | 2015
Wealthy middle-aged Armando (Alfredo Castro) lures young men to his home with the promise of money. He doesn’t want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. He also follows an elderly businessman with whom he seems to have once had a traumatic relationship. Armando’s first encounter with street thug Elder (Luis Silva) is violent, but this doesn’t discourage the lonely man’s fascination with the tough, handsome teenager. In need of money, Elder keeps visiting him and an unexpected intimacy emerges. But Armando’s haunted past looms large, and Elder commits the ultimate act of affection on Armando’s behalf. From Afar is the shattering feature debut from Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas, and winner of the Golden Lion at this years’ Venice Film Festival. Set in Caracas’ chaotic lower class communities, Vigas’ turbulent story reveals the complex bond between two men worlds apart.
Lion d'or - Festival de Venise 2015
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