Desde allá From Afar

Desde allá / From Afar

A film by Lorenzo Vigas

This film was screened as a part of the 2016 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF19)

Co-presented by Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival




Venezuela/Mexico, Drama/Romance, 2015
93 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Wealthy middle-aged Armando (Alfredo Castro) lures young men to his home with 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 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. Financial interest keeps Elder visiting him regularly 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. Set in Caracas’ chaotic lower class communities, Vigas’ turbulent story reveals the complex bond between two men worlds apart.

Austin Premiere

About the director

Lorenzo VigasSon of artist Oswaldo Vigas, Lorenzo Vigas was born in Merida, Venezuela, in 1967. He studied molecular biology before moving to New York, where he attended several film workshops at NYU. His narrative short LOS ELEFANTES NUNCA OLVIDAN (ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET) was presented in Cannes (Critics’ Week), Clermont-Ferrand, and New Directors-New Films (New York). DESDE ALLÁ is his feature debut and made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.



Producer: Guillermo Arriaga, Rodolfo Cova, Michel Franco
Production Companies: Factor RH Producciones, Lucia Films, Malandro Films
Screenwriter: Guillermo Arriaga (based on a story by), Lorenzo Vigas
Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong
Editor: Isabela Monteiro de Castro
Sound Design: Waldir Xavier
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla

Print Source: Nathan Faustyn – Strand Releasing,