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Michael Fassbender wins best actor at Venice for sex-addict role
British film was recognised at the Venice Film Festival with Michael Fassbender awarded the prize for best actor for his role in Shame, directed by the Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen.

Actress Alba Rohrwacher presents Michael Fassbender of "Shame" the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor Photo: WireImage
Roya Nikkah

By Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent

7:53PM BST 10 Sep 2011

The film, in which Fassbender plays Brandon, a sex addict living in New York and also stars Carey Mulligan as his sister, was co-written by Abi Morgan, the screenwriter behind the recent BBC series The Hour.

Fassbender and McQueen previously collaborated on the film Hunger, in which Fassbender played Bobby Sands, the Irish republican who led the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.

Another British film, Wuthering Heights, a provocative adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic 1847 novel set in the Yorkshire moors, directed by Andrea Arnold was also recognised at Saturday's award ceremony in Venice, with Robbie Ryan winning the prize for best cinematography.

The film stars Kaya Scodelario as Cathy, who previously starred in the Channel 4 series Skins, while Heathcliff is played by newcomer James Howson. Much of the action shot on hand-held cameras.

The Golden Lion award for best film went to Faust, a Russian film adaptation of Goethe’s tragedy, directed by Aleksander Sokurov.

Deanie Yip won the award for best actress for her role in the Chinese Film Tao Jie (A Simple Life).

It was a disappointing night for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the widely acclaimed film adaptation of John le Carré’s Cold War-era novel, starring Colin Firth, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman, which failed to win an award.
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Venice film festival: sex addict role wins best actor for Michael Fassbender

Controversial role in Shame is rewarded with best actor prize – but Russian film Faust takes Golden Lion

Jason Solomons in Venice
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 10 September 2011 22.13 BST

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Michael Fassbender with his Venice film festival award for best actor. He spends much of his time in Shame engaged in increasingly unhappy acts of sex in stark hotel rooms. Photograph: Danny Martindale/WireImage

Actor Michael Fassbender took a giant leap towards superstardom by winning the best actor prize at the Venice film festival for his controversial role as a man addicted to sex.

Fassbender, who was born in Germany and raised in Ireland, but who now lives in east London, won the award for his performance as Brandon in Steve McQueen's drama Shame, in which he plays a successful New York executive tortured by his obsession with sexual images and brief sexual encounters.

He spends much of the film naked, engaged in increasingly unhappy acts of sex in stark hotel rooms. He also struggles to maintain a relationship with his visiting sister, played by Carey Mulligan.

Shame is the second time Fassbender has collaborated with director McQueen, the first being the controversial but award-winning Hunger, in which he played Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. Accepting the award, the actor hailed McQueen as "his hero". Since Hunger won the prize for best debut (Camera d'Or) at Cannes in 2008, he has starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the blockbuster X-Men: First Class, is currently starring in new UK release Jane Eyre, and had two lead roles at Venice, playing Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method as well as Brandon in Shame.

Fassbender, 34, made a last-minute schedule change to accept the award, known as the Volpi Cup, switching a flight bound for the Toronto film festival and arriving in the Sala Grande on the Venice Lido just 15 minutes before hearing his name called out as the winner.

Shame was widely tipped to win the top prize of the Golden Lion, but lost to the Russian film Faust, by the revered auteur Alexsandr Sokurov. Fassbender's win still represented a highly successful festival for British cinema – he was joined on the winner's stage by cinematographer Robbie Ryan, rewarded with the technical prize for his atmospheric work on Andrea Arnold's daring adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

"It's nice to take a chance on work you think is relevant and hope other people find it relevant," he said. "Venice is a festival with a wonderful tradition and it is humbling to win when the competition is from so many other amazing talents."

Fassbender made particular reference to the work of Gary Oldman, who played George Smiley in the much-admired Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

"He blows my mind," said Fassbender, "and I've been following him since I was 14 years old. This is incredible."

Fassbender, who is currently working on films with Ridley Scott and Jim Jarmusch, continues a proud tradition of British and Irish performers to win acting prizes in Venice, most recently Colin Firth, whose win for Tom Ford's A Single Man launched him on the way to Oscar glory in The King's Speech. Helen Mirren, Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent and Liam Neeson have all won in recent times.

Awarding the Golden Lion to Faust, jury president Darren Aronofsky said: "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."

Although never a winner of any major awards, 60-year-old, Siberian-born Sokurov has been long admired for films such as Moloch, Mother and Son and the extraordinary Russian Ark, which consists of a single travelling shot through St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, lasting 96 minutes. Faust's win was widely considered a surprise, but will also be seen as a return to the festival's artistic roots after the hotly disputed win for Sofia Coppola's Somewhere last year, a prize dished out by her ex-boyfriend Quentin Tarantino.

After this year's strong competition, Venice is widely considered to have regained its stature as one of the world's major film events.Resisting Hollywood glamour, the festival also handed out awards to Hong Kong actress Deanie Yip for her charming performance as a dying family maid in A Simple Life. A popular win was the Jury Prize, which went to Italian director Emmanuele Crialese for Terrafirma, a film about African immigrants washed up on the remote Italian holiday island of Linosa. The screenplay prize went to Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's Alps, while best director could literally be considered a shock – it went to China's Shanjun Cai, whose People Mountain, People Sea officially played as the competition's surprise film.
THE WINNERS

Golden Lion for best film

Faust by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)

Silver Lion for best director

Shangjun Cai for People Mountain People Sea (China)

Special jury prize

Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)

Best first feature

Là-Bas by Guido Lombardi (Italy)

Best actress

Deanie Yip for A Simple Life (Hong Kong)

Best actor

Michael Fassbender for Shame

(Britain)

Emerging performer

Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido for Himizu (Japan)

Best screenplay

Alpis (Alps) by Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)

Best cinematography

Robbie Ryan for Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnold (Britain)
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Fassbender wins best actor at Venice
Published: September 12, 2011
Fassbender wins best actor at Venice

BRITISH film was recognised at the Venice Film Festival with Michael Fassbender awarded the prize for best actor for his role in Shame, directed by the Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen.
The film, in which Fassbender plays Brandon, a sex addict living in New York and also stars Carey Mulligan as his sister, was co-written by Abi Morgan, the screenwriter behind the recent BBC series The Hour.
Fassbender and McQueen previously collaborated on the film Hunger, in which Fassbender played Bobby Sands, the Irish republican who led the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.
Another British film, Wuthering Heights, a provocative adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic 1847 novel set in the Yorkshire moors, directed by Andrea Arnold was also recognised at Saturday’s award ceremony in Venice, with Robbie Ryan winning the prize for best cinematography.
The film stars Kaya Scodelario as Cathy, who previously starred in the Channel 4 series Skins, while Heathcliff is played by newcomer James Howson. Much of the action shot on hand-held cameras.
It was a disappointing night for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the widely acclaimed film adaptation of John le Carré’s Cold War-era novel, starring Colin Firth, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman, which failed to win an award.
Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov won the Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival on Saturday for “Faust,” a visceral take on Goethe’s play which explores the theme of corrupting power. “There are films which make you dream, which make you cry, laugh and think, and there are films which change your life forever. This is one of those films,” said jury head Darren Aronofsky, saying the decision had been unanimous. Beating 22 other films to the prize, the stomach-turning movie is the final instalment of Sokurov’s cinematic tetralogy on the nature of power, following his acclaimed portraits of Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin and Emperor Hirohito.
Sokurov is the second Russian director ever to win the Golden Lion, after it was awarded to Andrey Zvyagintsev for “The Return” in 2003. “Making auteur cinema is very difficult these days,” the St Petersburg-based director said, adding that he was “very happy to live in a Europe where we can understand each other.” The Silver Lion director award went to China’s Cai Shangjun for his revenge tale “People Mountain People Sea”, this year’s surprise addition to the festival line-up, in which a man ceaselessly hunts down his brother’s killer.
The film has been censured in China, revealing as it does the appalling conditions in a Chinese mine. Best actress went to Deanie Yip for her portrayal of an elderly maid in a moving tale of the trials of growing old gracefully, “A Simple Life.”–TG/AFP
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The Irish Times - Monday, September 12, 2011
Fassbender wins best actor award at Venice Film Festival

DONALD CLARKE

MICHAEL FASSBENDER, currently among the busiest of Irish actors, cemented his status by winning best actor at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday night.

The prize was awarded for his performance as a sex-addicted New Yorker in Steve McQueen’s troubling drama Shame .

Born in Germany but brought up in Kerry from the age of two, Fassbender spoke eloquently after receiving the ornate gold cup. He said: “It’s just really nice when you take a chance and you do something that you think is relevant – you hope is relevant – and people respond the way they did.”

Fassbender can currently be seen as Mr Rochester in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre . David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method , in which he plays the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, also premiered at the Venice event. The actor is still best known perhaps for playing Bobby Sands in McQueen’s hugely praised 2008 film Hunger .

Speaking to The Irish Times last week, he explained his reasons for taking the controversial role in Shame . “It’s just Steve,” he said. “I didn’t need to see a script to agree. Steve changed my life personally and professionally. With Hunger , he took a chance on an unknown actor. I am forever in debt to him.”

Robbie Ryan, one of Ireland’s most admired young directors of photography, received the best cinematography prize for his work on Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights . The film breaks new ground by casting a black actor, James Howson, as Heathcliff.

Many pundits predicted Fassbender’s victory. But film-maker Darren Aronofsky, chairman of the jury, surprised observers by awarding the Golden Lion, for the best film, to Alexander Sokurov’s Faust .
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Fassbender takes Venice acting award
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Nicholas Reid
– September 11, 2011

Although the critically acclaimed Shame did not win the main ‘Golden Lion’ prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, it’s star Michael Fassbender has taken the prize for best actor. The best award at the festival went to German film Faust, an adaptation of the classic Goethe fable by revered Russian director Alexander Sokurov.

At the glamorous event, which is the oldest film festival in the world, Fassbender paid tribute to ‘his hero,’ Shame director Steve McQueen, and added that “It’s nice to take a chance on work you think is relevant and hope other people find it relevant.” It is the second time that McQueen and Fassbender have worked together – they paired up on 2008 British drama Hunger, which documented the notorious Maze prison protests, in which Fassbender played emaciated IRA member Bobby Sands. The film was widely praised by critics, in particular a seventeen-minute unbroken shot of Fassbender and Liam Cunningham discussing the planned hunger strike.

Shame is the story of Brandon, a sex-addict unable to control his urges as he careers from one unhappy encounter to another. He also has to contend with a painful past, memories of which are brought back to him when his younger sister, played by Carey Mulligan, moves in. Like Hunger, Shame looks set to be a dark, unsettling, but ultimately human and beautifully shot film.

In a press conference in Venice, McQueen was happy to draw a comparison between the two, describing them both as films about a man wrestling with his own personal relationship with freedom. The director has also refused to make cuts to his work, leaving graphic scenes of full-frontal nudity, sex and urination intact, which will no doubt give it the same hard hitting edge which made Hunger one of the best films of 2008.

Shame will be released in Britain on January 13th next year.
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Michael Fassbender wins 'Best Actor' at Venice Film Festival
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Michael Fassbender has been awarded the top acting honor at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Fassbender was presented with the Coppa Volpi for 'Best Actor' for his role in Steve McQueen's Shame.

In the film, Fassbender portrays a successful businessman in New York who struggles to deal with his sexual obsessions.

"It's just really nice when you take a chance and you do something that you think is relevant, you hope is relevant, and people respond the way you did," Fassbender said while receiving the award, according to The Guardian. "Venice is a festival with a wonderful tradition and it is humbling to win when the competition is from so many other amazing talents."

Shame is the director and actor's second collaboration following the critically-acclaimed 2008 film Hunger, in which Fassbender portrayed Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Shame was recently picked up by Fox Searchlight for a US distribution deal.

The Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award was presented to Russian director Alexsandr Sokurov for his adaptation of Faust.

Earlier this year, Fassbender began filming for Ridley Scott's Alien spinoff Prometheus.

Watch a brief clip from Shame below:
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 15:12
Fassbender wins 'best actor' in Venice
Michael Fassbender accepts the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor during the closing ceremony at the Venice Film Festival at Palazzo de Cinema last night. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Highbrow trumped Hollywood at the Venice film festival this year, with Russian director Alexander Sokurov's demanding German-language Faust taking top prize and Roman Polanski and George Clooney overlooked.

Most prizes at last night's closing ceremony went to less-than-familiar names and faces, with the exception of rising Irish star Michael Fassbender's best actor award for Shame .

The Silver Lion for best director was awarded to China's Shangjun Cai for his gritty "People Mountain People Sea", best actress went to Hong Kong's Deanie Ip and the jury prize went to Italian immigration drama Terraferma .

Surprisingly overlooked was Roman Polanski's Carnage , a comedy of manners featuring a stellar cast of Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.

Based on a play and set in real time in a single apartment, Carnage is a stinging critique of middle class mores, but also has plenty of humour including Winslet's memorable projectile vomit scene.

Polanski was not able to travel to Venice to present the movie, given the threat of extradition to the United States where he is still wanted for sentencing in a 1977 sex crime case.

"Many feel that jury head Darren Aronofsky and his compatriot Todd Haynes, both Americans, lacked the courage to give the victory to a colleague who is not liked in the US," said a commentary in La Stampa newspaper.

While Venice is not a platform for blockbusters, it has proved an effective launchpad for US Oscar contenders such as Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain and Aronofsky's own Black Swan and The Wrestler .

Festival director Marco Mueller succeeded in attracting a string of A-listers to the red carpet this year after a low-key 2010, although all were bypassed when it came to the prizes.

Among the overlooked contenders was Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March , which was well received and starred Clooney himself as a governor embroiled in scandal during an election race.

La Repubblica newspaper's headline said Clooney and Polanski had been "snubbed".

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy , directed by Sweden's Tomas Alfredson, slipped beneath the radar despite rave reviews for its adaptation of John Le Carre's classic Cold War spy novel.

Gary Oldman shines as George Smiley and Colin Firth and John Hurt also appeared in the surprisingly digestible re-telling of a notoriously complex tale.

Faust is the fourth and final instalment in Sokurov's series on corrupting power, and won praise for conjuring up a 19th century world of squalor, stench and chaos in which Faust and a mad-cap Mephistopheles play out their destinies.

Some viewers found the dialogue-heavy, German language picture that lasts well over two hours tough going.

"Taking highbrow to the edge of slapstick, Sokurov's idiosyncratic adaptation of ... Faust will intrigue some and turn off others," said Hollywood Reporter critic Deborah Young.

Faust is a less obvious fit in the series, which started in 1999 with Moloch , about Adolf Hitler, and took in Vladimir Lenin in "Taurus" and Emperor Hirohito in The Sun .

Outside the main competition, singer Madonna presented her second feature film as director, W.E. , about a modern-day woman who becomes obsessed with Wallis Simpson and her love for King Edward VIII.

And Steven Soderbergh assembled an all-star cast for Contagion , a story about the spread of disease and fear around the world featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Matt Damon and Winslet.

Reuters
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Shame star Michael Fassbender wins Best Actor at Venice Film Festival
September 11 2011

Sought after actor Michael Fassbender, best known for film roes including Hunger, Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class and can currently be seen as Rochester in Jane Eyre has been awarded Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

He won the coveted award for his performance as a sex addict in Shame which was directed by his Hunger director Steve McQueen.

Other big winners included Hong Kong actress Deanie Yip was named Best Actress for A Simple Life and Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust took home the Golden Lion for best film.

Speaking about Faust, Jury president Darren Aronofsky said "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."

Shame will be featured at the BFI's London Film Festival and sees a nationwide release on 13 January 2012 with Fassbender's A Dangerous Method following on 10 February.

Michael Fassbender Photos

SHAME COMES TO CINEMAS ON JANUARY 13 2012
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Fast-rising star Michael Fassbender has won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, to add yet another milestone in a rapidly ascending career.

The Press Association reports that Fassbender won the accolade for his role in the Steve Mcqueen-directed drama 'Shame,' where he plays a sex addict struggling to control his impulsions when his younger sister moves in with him. MCQueen and Fassbender had also worked on the 2008 film 'Hunger' about the Irish hunger strikes of 1981; that too led to film festival success, winning the much coveted Camera d'Or Award for first-time film makers at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

The 34 year-old actor once played a bit part character in the much lauded series 'Band Of Brothers,' but his first real break into public recognition came with the role of Stelios in 2006's '300.' With a slew of jobs following his Cannes success, Fassbender has also been notable for performances in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglorious Basterds' and ANDREA ARNOLD's 'Fish Tank.'

This latest success, was roundly praised by critics, with The Metro reporting Channel 4's controller of film and drama TESSA ROSS remarking of his and ROBBIE RYAN'S Best Cinematography award - for another British film, 'Wuthering Heights' - "It is absolutely wonderful to see Michael and Robbie's talent recognised in this way - both have pushed their craft to the limits of excellence to produce work of truly outstanding quality."

The festival's main award - The Golden Lion Award for the Best Film - went to Russian movie 'Faust.'
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Venice 2011: Michael Fassbender wins Best Actor for Shame

Faust takes Best Picture

By Matt Maytum | Sep 11th 2011

Michael Fassbender, whose star status has risen exponentially over the last couple of years, has just been awarded Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

He landed the award for his turn as a sex addict in Shame, directed by Steve Hunger McQueen. Fassbender also stars in A Dangerous Method, which was also shown at Venice.

Hong Kong actress Deanie Yip was named Best Actress for A Simple Life, and Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust took home 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."

Shame, A Dangerous Method, A Simple Life and Faust are amongst the offerings at this year's London Film Festival.

For anyone who can't make it to the LFF, Shame opens on 13 January 2012, with A Dangerous Method following on 10 February 2012. A Simple Life and Faust don't currently have UK release dates.

Source: Guardian

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Michael Fassbender bags best actor award at Venice Film Fest
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Michael Fassbender bags best actor award at Venice Film Fest London: Michael Fassbender has been adjudged the best actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in the British film ‘Shame’.

The 34-year-old German-born actor won the Golden Lion for Best Actor for portraying a successful New Yorker struggling with sex addiction in the Steve McQueen-directed movie, reports the Telegraph.

The Golden Lion award for Best Film went to ‘Faust’, a Russian film adaptation of Goethe’s tragedy, directed by Aleksander Sokurov.

Deanie Yip won the award for Best Actress for her role in the Chinese Film ‘Tao Jie’ (‘A Simple Life’).

The award for Best Cinematography went to Robbie Ryan for Andrea Arnold’s presentation of Emily Bronte’s classic ‘Wuthering Heights’.
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Actor Michael Fassbender holds up the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for his movie ''Shame'' during the closing ceremony of the 68th Venice Film Festival September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

VENICE, Italy | Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:42pm IST

(Reuters) - Russian director Alexander Sokurov's "Faust", loosely based on Goethe's classic German text, won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday.

Following is a list of all the main prize winners decided by a jury led by U.S. director Darren Aronofsky.

(The main production country behind each movie is in brackets.)

BEST FILM GOLDEN LION

- "Faust" by Alexander Sokurov (Russia)

BEST DIRECTOR SILVER LION

- Shangjun Cai for "People Mountain People Sea" (China)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

- "Terraferma" by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)

BEST FIRST FEATURE

- "La-Bas" by Guido Lombardi (Italy)

BEST ACTRESS

- Deanie Ip for "A Simple Life" (Hong Kong)

BEST ACTOR

- Michael Fassbender for "Shame" (Britain)

EMERGING PERFORMER

- Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaidou for "Himizu" (Japan)

BEST SCREENPLAY

- "Alpis" (Alps) by Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

- "Wuthering Heights" directed by Andrea Arnold (Britain)

(Reporting By Silvia Aloisi and Mike Collett-White)
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Michael Fassbender Wins Best Actor Award At Venice Film Festival

Hunger star Michael Fassbender has taken home the Best Actor Award (the Coppa Volpi prize) for his leading role in Steve McQueen’s movie ‘Shame’. Fassbender played the role of a New Yorker by the name of Brandon, who is described as a sex addict that falls to desperate lows while dealing with his mentally ill live in sister, played by Carey Mulligan. The movie, coined “a cousin of American Psycho, although no killer” by The Hollywood Reporter, is one of two films being presented at the Venice Film Festival featuring Fassbender. The thirty-three year old star is also part of David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, where he plays Carl Jung.

Meanwhile, Shame’s reputation has already earned itself a spot on Fox Searchlight’s slate. The movie house, who reportedly beat out a very interested Weinstein Company and several others, has purchased the rights to McQueen”s raw drama with plans to release the flick at some point next year. The only problem, sources are predicting Searchlight will mostly make some changes to the film because of its sexually graphic nature. Either way, Michael Fassbender fans will still be pouring into theaters to check out the star, in what has been dubbed an impressively awesome performance.
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Michael Fassbender named best actor for Shame at Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender has won the Coppa Volpi best actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Shame.


The 34-year-old stars as sex-addict Brandon in the Steve McQueen-directed British movie, which will be released in the UK in January 2012.

Michael Fassbender collects the best actor honour in Venice (Getty Images)

There was also success for another British film, Andrea Arnold's new version of Wuthering Heights, as Robbie Ryan won the best cinematography honour.

Film4 backed both movies and Tessa Ross, controller of film and drama at Channel 4, was delighted with the awards.

'It is absolutely wonderful to see Michael and Robbie's talent recognised in this way - both have pushed their craft to the limits of excellence to produce work of truly outstanding quality,' she said.

There was disappointment for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as the new film based on John le Carre's classic spy novel did not win a single prize.

The Golden Lion award for best film went to Russian movie Faust, while Deanie Yip took the best actress honour for her performance in Tao Jie
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Fassbender wins Venice film prize

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Michael Fassbender has won the best actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his role in the British film Shame.

The German-born star, who was raised in Ireland, scooped the prize for his role as sex addict Brandon in Turner Prize-winning film-maker Steve McQueen's latest release.

Oscar-winning British director Andrea Arnold's presentation of the Emily Bronte classic Wuthering Heights was also recognised, with Robbie Ryan winning the gong for best cinematography.

But it was a disappointing night for the much-fancied Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as the re-make, inspired by John le Carre's novel, failed to pick up any awards.

Film4, which backed both Shame and Wuthering Heights, said the films were "outstanding quality".

Tessa Ross, controller of film and drama at Channel 4, said: "It is absolutely wonderful to see Michael and Robbie's talent recognised in this way - both have pushed their craft to the limits of excellence to produce work of truly outstanding quality."

Meanwhile the Golden Lion prize for best film went to Russian film Faust, directed by Aleksander Sokurov, and Deanie Yip took the best actress award for her role in Chinese film Tao Jie (A Simple Life).

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Faust, Fassbender top Venice film prizes
Russian film, German-Irish actor claim trophies
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Posted: Sep 10, 2011 5:11 PM ET
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Actor Michael Fassbender got a best actor trophy for his portryal as a sex-obsessed man in 'Shame' at the 68th Venice Film Festival.Actor Michael Fassbender got a best actor trophy for his portryal as a sex-obsessed man in 'Shame' at the 68th Venice Film Festival. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

Russian director Aleksander Sokurov's Faust, a new take on the German legend about the quest for knowledge at all cost, won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Dense and difficult to watch, Faust was nevertheless one of the critics' top choices among the 23 in-competition films at Venice this year. It snapped up the top prize by the jury headed by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.

Faust tells the tale of a professor, played by Johannes Zeiler, who craves knowledge and sells his soul for the love of Margarete, played by Isolda Dychauk. The Mephistopheles character is played by Anton Adasinskiy.

The Russian film beat out 23 other films at Venice this year.

Sokurov's film marks the final chapter in his four-film look at the relationship between man and power that began with Moloch in 1999 about Hitler, Taurus a year later about Lenin and the 2005 film The Sun about Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

Venice's best actor award went to Michael Fassbender for his portrayal as a sex addict in Steve McQueen's Shame, while the best actress award went to Deanie Yip, who plays an aging domestic servant opposite her master in Hong Kong director Ann Hui's A Simple Life.

"I can't believe how young and beautiful and sexy this woman is!" Aronofsky gushed of Yip at a post-award news conference. He said the jury, which included David Byrne and Andre Techine, was moved by the message of Hui's film.

"It's an issue we deal with in every part of the world and...to see a journey from health to death with such generosity was very touching," he said of A Simple Life.

Fassbender said he never had a doubt about taking on the graphic role of Brandon, a 30-something Manhattanite obsessed with sex. He said he had full faith in McQueen after taking part in his 2008 film Hunger, which won the new director's prize in Cannes.

"He mentioned this to me in 2008 but I didn't need a script," Fassbender said after picking up his award. "I was always going to jump on board with Steve. He always addresses the elephant in the room, and it was a matter of me not letting him down.

The Silver Lion prize for best director went to this year's surprise entry at the Lido, Beijing-based Shangjun Cai for People Mountain People Sea. And the special jury prize went to the Italian-French production Terraferma, about the influx of migrants to a tiny Italian island, by Emanuele Crialese.
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Fassbender wins best actor award at Venice film festival
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Besides naming the Russian film "Faust" as the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, the jury headed by director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") handed out numerous other prizes. The Coppa Volpi for best actor went to Michael Fassbender, who plays a man obsessed with impersonal gratification in the film "Shame" by Steve McQueen of Britain.

Asia put in a strong showing. The Coppa Volpi for best actress was awarded to Deanie Yip in the film "Tao Jie" ("A Simple Life") by Hong Kong's Ann Hui. China's Cai Shangjun won the Silver Lion for best director for his film "Ren Shan Ren Hai" (People Mountain People Sea), which was a surprise late addition to the festival lineup. And the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best new young actor or actress went to Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido in the film "Himizu" by Japan's Sion Sono.

A special jury prize was give to "Terraferma" by Emanuele Crialese of Italy, while the Osella for the best cinematography went to Robbie Ryan for the film "Wuthering Heights" by Andrea Arnold and the Osella for best screenplay went to Greece's Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for the film "Alpis" (Alps).

The handful of American films in competition, including George Clooney's "The Ides of March," "Dark Horse," "Texas Killing Fields" and "Killer Joe" were shut out.
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Venice 2011: 'Faust,' Michael Fassbender Win Top Festival Prizes
12:22 PM PDT 9/10/2011 by Eric J. Lyman

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“People Mountain People Sea” director Cai Shangjun, “Terraferma” and “A Simple Life” actress Deanie Yip, among other winners.

ROME – Aleksander Sokurov’s adaptation of Goethe’s tragedy Faust was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival Saturday, with the special jury prize going to Italian favorite Terraferma from Emanule Crialese and Chinese director Cai Shangjun winning the best director honor for Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea).

The prizes, were handed out during a gala award ceremony in Venice’s Sala Grande that closed the festival, with prizes handed out by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, the president of the jury.
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Other awards including the Coppa Volpi prize for best actor, which went to Michael Fassbender for his portrayal of a man sinking into a sex addition in Steve McQueen’s Shame, and the Copa Volpi for best actress to Deanie Yip for her role in Tao jie (A Simple Life), directred by Ann Hui.

Faust, which Sokurov called “an exploration of the nature of power,” bested a strong lineup that included Shame, George Clooney’s political thriller Ides of March, Freud-Jung drama A Dangerous Method from David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski’s Carnage and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.

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Faust is also screening this week at the Toronto Film Festival, where it could now draw added attention.

It was the second jury prize for Crialese, who won the same honor in Venice five years ago with Nuovomondo (Golden Door). Terraferma tells the tale of a local Italian woman and a foreigner who have a deep impact on each other amid the arrival of African boat people on the island.

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Shangjun Cai’s Ren Shan Ren Hai, a murder drama, was the surprise film in the main competition this year.

Other prizes include the best screenplay honor to Yorgos Lanthimos and Eftimis Filippou for Alps, a quirky tale of a group of people who stand in for the deceased, while the cinematography prize went to Robbie Ryan for his work on the adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

The Horizons sidebar awarded its top prize to Kotoko from Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto, while the Horizon's jury prize was given to Michael Giawogger's drama Whore's Glory.

At first indication, this year’s prizes failed to spark the kind of controversy the festival suffered last year after jury president Quentin Tarantino was criticized for handing out most major prizes to people who knew personally, including the award of the Golden Lion to Somewhere from Sofia Coppola, his former girlfriend.

The 68-year-old festival got underway Aug. 31.
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Fassbender's star continues to rise with prestigious Venice award

By BRENDAN MCCARTHY

Wednesday September 14 2011

THE career of actor Michael Fassbender is following a trajectory right to the very top after the Killarney star won the best actor prize at the 68th Venice Film Festival at the weekend.

Fassbender was presented with the Coppa Volpi in the Best Actor category for his role in the controversial Steve McQueen-directed film Shame. In the film, Fassbender plays sex addict Brandon, and the drama centres around the 30-something, his myriad of escapades, and how his life spirals out of control when his wayward sister played by actress Carey Mulligan moves in with him. This is the second collaboration between the actor and director Steve McQueen that has borne awards fruit. Fassbender won a Best Actor BAFTA for his star-turn as hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger.

The scooping of this latest award puts Fassbender, whose parents live in Fossa, firmly at the top of Hollywood's A-list and marks him down as a possible contender for an Oscar nomination.

"It's really nice when you've taken a chance on a film and you hope the subject is relevant," the actor said as he was presented with his award.

"Steve McQueen is my hero".

The actor, who moved to Killarney with his German father Josef, a chef, and Irish mother Adele, when he was two-years-old, went to national school in Fossa before attending St Brendan's College. His career took off a decade ago when he landed the part of Burton 'Pat' Christenson in Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers.

However it was his BAFTA-winning portrayal of hunger striker Sands in Hunger that elevated him to super-star status.

- BRENDAN MCCARTHY
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This weekend marked the conclusion of the Venice Film Festival and the start of accolades for Irish actor Michael Fassbender aka ‘Hollywood’s newest rugged hottie’. The star was awarded Best Actor for the film for drama ‘Shame’, in which his character faces the perils of sex addiction. Though no trailer has been released for the film, a short clip has surfaced on Youtube, which shows Fassbender eyeing a positional conquest on a NYC subway. If only real life public transit perps were as appealing.

The Venice Film Festival honor is just one of many Fassbender has received in his short career. In 2009 he won the BAFA for Rising Star and a total of six film festival honors for the harrowing 2008 film ‘Hunger’, for which the actor starved himself in order to accurately portray the slow death of Bobby Sands. It’s no surprise that ‘Shame’ has garnered the star critical acclaim since it was directed by Steve McQeen, who also directed ‘Hunger’.

Audiences first took notice of Fassbender in the film ‘300’ as well as ‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Jane Eyre’, and ‘X-Men: First Class’. ‘Shame’ is just one of the many upcoming films starring the actor. ‘A Dangerous Method’ and ‘Prometheus’ are also set for release.
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Michael Fassbender Already An Award Winner For Shame

12 September 2011

It’s what the Americans call “Fall” and that means Oscar season is gearing up, so the studios are pushing their serious awards contenders. Coming up the rear as somewhat of a dark horseis Irishman, Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender is starring in two extremely edgy, well received new films; David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Mind and his reteaming with Hunger director Steve McQueen, Shame. While attending the film festival at Venice this passing week, Fassbender went and picked up Best Actor for himself for his work on the already controversial Shame.

Fassbender has already been compared to Daniel Day Lewis by the American critics who have seen the two movies, and if Oscar manages to grow a set of balls between now and January, then we should see him pick up a nomination at least.
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Michael Fassbender wins best actor at Venice Film Festival - VIDEO
Actor wins for 'Shame' role
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Published Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:16 AM
Updated Monday, September 12, 2011, 12:39 PM

Actor Michael Fassbender took home the Coppa Volpi prize for best actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role in 'Shame.'

The 34-year-old-actor, who was born in Germany and raised in Ireland, won the award for his role as sex addict Brandon in film-maker Steve McQueen's latest release, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

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The British film's backers, Film 4, said that both 'Shame' and its other recognized film 'Wuthering Heights,' were "outstanding quality."
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Film4 celebrates double success at Venice Film Festival

September 12th, 2011 by Sarah

Film4 is in celebratory mood on learning that the two films that they had premiering in Venice last week have both received major prizes.

Michael Fassbender has won Best Actor for his courageous portrayal in Steve McQueen’s Shame and Robbie Ryan has received Best Cinematography for his exquisite work on Andrea Arnold’s re-imagining of the classic Wuthering Heights.

The jury, led by the Oscar-nominated American director Darren Aronofsky, announced the awards at the close of the 68th festival…

Both Shame and Wuthering Heights will receive their UK premieres at the 55th BFI London International Film Festival next month.

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film and Drama at C4, said: “It is absolutely wonderful to see Michael and Robbie’s talent recognised in this way – both have pushed their craft to the limits of excellence to produce work of truly outstanding quality.”

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