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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