Director Lorenzo Vigas dedicated the honour to his ‘amazing country’.
The top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival has been scooped by Venezuelan film Desde Alla, or From Afar, directed by newcomer Lorenzo Vigas. The film is the first from Venezuela to take the honour and tells the story of a rich man who begins an affair with a young man from one of the city's gangs.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron headed up this year’s jury.
After accepting the award director Lorenzo Vigas said, ”I want to dedicate this prize to my amazing country, Venezuela. In Venezuela we’ve had some problems in the last few years, I hope this is going to help. We are an amazing nation, and I hope we are going to start talking to each other more.”
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The Australian court case in which Amber Heard is accused of illegal dog importing has been adjourned until November.
Amber Heard missed a hearing in Australia on Monday (7th September). She was due to appear in court to face charges of two counts of illegal dog importing brought against her by the Australian government. She did not attend the hearing and the case has been adjourned until November when another court date has been scheduled.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the Met Gala in New York, May 2014.
Get ready for the likes of 'Everest', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Black Mass'.
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, awards season is officially underway. Venice has been the launchpad for a number of films that have gone on to Oscar glory. Last year, the opening night film was Birdman, and the year before it was Gravity. So there are big hopes for this year's opener, the true-life thriller Everest, directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur with an ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Jason Clarke.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in true story disaster thriller 'Everest'
And anticipation is running even higher for a number of other movies. Venice is hosting the premiere of The Danish Girl, the true story of one of the world's first-known transgender women, played by Eddie Redmayne. Can he win back-to-back Oscars? This week's new poster and trailer are very promising.
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'Manglehorn' main stars Al Pacino and Chris Messina are joined by the director David Gordon Green at the movie's premiere held at the 71st Venice Film Festival in Italy. The trio are seen greeting fans and signing autographs on the red carpet.
Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon appear at the premiere for their new drama '99 Homes' held at the 71st Venice Film Festival. They are joined by director Ramin Bahrani, fashion designer Gaia Trussardi and beauty blogger Victoria Bonya.
Al Pacino has set down a marker at the Venice Film Festival.
Al Pacino, now 74, has nothing left to prove in the acting word. He has an Oscar, four Golden Globes, two Emmys and two Tony awards to his name and although he may not have another Serpico or Dog Day Afternoon on the cards, Pacino is continuing to turn in stellar performances.
Al Pacino in 'Manglehorn'
He is the big name at the Venice Film Festival and anticipation has been high for two movies featuring the legendary actor, Barry Levinson's The Humbling and David Gordon Green's Manglehorn.
'Birdman' stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton made their arrivals on the red carpet at the movie's premiere held at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The comedy drama is set for UK release in January 2015.
Emma Stone was snapped on the red carpet at the opening of the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday 27th August. The 'Birdman' actress looked beautiful in a plunging dark green gown and was sporting a new shorter haircut.
Al Pacino, Michael Keaton and Michael Shannon are heading to the Venice Film Festival with promising movies.
David Gordon Green's Manglehorn - a drama featuring a promising performance from Al Pacino - is heading to the Venice Film Festival and will screen in competition. It joins Alejandro Gonzelez Inarritu's Birdman at the 71th Venice Biennale, organizers announced on Thursday.
Al Pacino in 'Manglehorn'
Manglehorn tells the story of a locksmith in a small town in Texas, who never managed to get over the love of his life. Gordon Green has good form heading into this - he directed the excellent Prince Avalanche (2013) and drama Joe (2013), the latter of which made everyone remember how good an actor Nicolas Cage actually is. It was tipped up as a possible Oscar winner by Almost Sideways back in March.
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File Photo** * KATE WINSLET GIVES BIRTH TO BABY BOY British actress KATE WINSLET has given birth to a baby boy. The Titanic beauty and her husband, Ned Rocknroll, welcomed their first child together in London on Monday (09Dec13), according to the New York Post. The Oscar winner wed Rocknroll, the nephew of Virgin mogul Richard Branson, in New York a year ago (Dec12). The newborn is Winslet's third child - she has a 13-year-old daughter named Mia from her first marriage to director Jim Threapleton, while her second husband, filmmaker Sam Mendes, is the father of her nine-year-old son, Joe. (MT/WNWCPS/KL)** Kate Winslet The 68th Venice Film Festival - Day 2 - 'Carnage' Photocall Featuring: Kate Winslet Where: Venice, Italy When: 01 Sep 2011