Irish Wins at Venice: Michael Fassbender and Robbie Ryan receive awards

Fassbender prepares to toast

Michael Fassbender won the best actor award at the 68th Venice Film Festival on Saturday night for his performance as a sex-addicted New York businessman in Steve McQueen’s new drama Shame.

‘It’s really nice when you’ve taken a chance on a film and you hope the subject is relevant’, Fassbender said as he collected his award. ‘Steve McQueen is my hero.’

Fassbender had previously worked with McQueen on Hunger .

There was more Irish success at the festival when Robbie Ryan received the best cinematography prize for his work on Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights .

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