Michael Fassbender wins Best Actor at Venice 2011
…but not for that one. Though the hype surrounding the Bender of Fass has largely been to do with film A Dangerous Method in which he plays Carl Jung opposite Viggo Mortensen’s Freud and Keira Knightley’s Mental Chick, it’s his other film Shame that got the Venice judging panel in a tither. He’s been awarded the Best Actor prize for his turn as a sex-addict in the Steve Mcqueen-directed drama – hurrah!
Other winners included Hong Kong actress Deanie Yip, who was was named Best Actress for A Simple Life, and Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov’s Faust, an adaptation of the classic tale set in the 19th century, was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film.
Jury president Darren Aronofsky said of Faust: “The jurors are seven people from different corners of the world but we were united in our choice and admiration for this winner. Some films make you dream, or laugh, or cry, and some, like this one, change your life the moment you see them for the first time.”