Venice Awards: Faust Wins Big, Michael Fassbender Takes Best Actor

fassbender_shame320.jpgGet out your scoresheets and see how they compare with those of Venice Film Festival jury boss Darren Aronofsky, whose group today awarded the fest's top prize, the Golden Lion, to Aleksandr Sokurov's film Faust. The heavily favored Michael Fassbender won the fest's Best Actor award for Shame, while Deanie Ip earned Best Actress for the Stephanie Zacharek-endorsed Hong Kong effort A Simple LIfe. Other big winners included People Mountain People Sea and Terraferma; congrats to all! [AP]


  • AS says:

    The only person who got what they deserved is the great Michael Fassbender. You know Contagion, Ides of March, A Dangerous Method and Shame are 10 times better then Faust.

  • Not having seen any of them, I don't have an opinion. But for the record, _Contagion_ was screening out of competition.

  • The Pope says:

    Really AS? Fassbender is the ONLY one who got what they deserved? Were you there? Did you see ALL the films in competition? Have you ever seen ANYTHING by Sokurov?
    Silly thing to and it only says more about your preference for what would be comparatively mainstream as opposed to a "festival" film. You know, because that is what Venice sort of is.

  • AS says:

    Ah, I see, so YOU are the authority when it comes to great films because you prefer the obscure art house fair. Pretentious much? And I don't know what world your living in but in the world I'm living in A Dangerous Method & Shame are not "mainstream" films. Something tells me they won't be grossing 300 million, but what do I know?

  • sam says:

    You don't know the meaning of the word pretentious. So stop using it. And by the way, he said "comparatively mainstream."

  • AS says:

    Pretentious- "Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." And The Pope said "Silly thing to and it only says more about your preference for what would be comparatively mainstream as opposed to a "festival" film." So yeah.... like I said, pretentious. It is clearly you who does not understand the meaning of the word. "Comparatively mainstream"? To what, Faust? Yeah, well, I suppose The Seventh Seal is "comparatively mainstream" when compared to that. Point not made.

  • NP says:

    So no love for _Carnage_. Sad. Not that I'm any less excited to see it because of that, but it seemed like it might get something.