Previously at the ICA - Films
1 Jul 2016 – 9 Aug 2016
★★★★ “a gritty and cinematic study in desire and repression” The Skinny
★★★★ "An intriguing, emotionally painful and brilliant film." The Guardian
“Accomplished and compelling” Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
“Masterly feature debut” – Stephen Holden, New York Times Critics’ Pick
“[From Afar] marks out Vigas as one of Latin American cinema’s more auspicious arrivals of recent years” Guy Lodge, Variety
Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival 2015
An ICA Exclusive Project
From Afar is a compelling and beautifully-shot story of the complex relationship between two men from different worlds. Haunted by traumas from his past, wealthy, middle-aged Armando (played by Chilean star Alfredo Castro) has difficulty forming relationships, instead paying young men to come to his home and undress while he watches. Yet, his world is radically changed after a violent encounter with young street mechanic Elder (Luis Silva) sparks off a dangerous love affair between them.
The debut feature from Lorenzo Vigas—heralded as one of the most exciting new directors today—From Afar is a meditation on human desire and a sensitive portrait of the tensions and repression of Venezuelan society. Showing exclusively at the ICA in London, it is the first Venezuelan film to be selected for the competition at Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Lion in 2015.
From Afar, dir. Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico 2015, 93 mins. Spanish with English subtitles.