Making cinematic history by being the first Venezuelan to snag the Venice Golden Lion best film prize via his feature debut “Desde Alla,” (“From Afar”), Vigas is now prepping “The Box,” the third part of a paternity-themed trilogy, which began 10 years ago with his acclaimed 2004 short “Elephants Never Forget” and continued with “Desde Alla.” In between the short and feature, he made “El Vendedor de Orquideas” (“The Orchid Seller”), a docu about his renowned painter father Oswaldo Vigas, now in post.
Vigas took a circuitous route to filmmaking. He first acquired a degree in molecular biology from the University of Tampa, Florida, before studying film at NYU. He then returned to Venezuela to direct various docus and ads before making “Elephants Never Forget,” the short that caught the attention of Cannes 2004 Camera D’Or jury president-actor Tim Roth who had it play before Brazilian helmer Walter Salles’ acclaimed Che Guevara road movie “Motorcycle Diaries” that year.
In November, “Desde Alla” won an AFI Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay and was picked up by Strand Releasing for a spring release in the U.S. next year.
After “The Box,” Vigas is hoping to make an English-language romantic drama set in an American university.