Colin Farrell and Martin McDonagh win major awards at Venice Film Festival for The Banshees of Inisherin
The much-anticipated movie from the In Bruges team arrives in Irish cinemas next month.
The Banshees of Inisherin, the new movie from In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh, has won two major awards at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Colin Farrell, one of its stars, took home the event's best actor prize, while McDonagh was honoured with the best screenplay award.
This comes after JOE reported earlier in the week that the reviews from critics for The Banshees of Inisherin following its Venice premiere are even better than the ones In Bruges received 14 years ago.
Out in Irish cinemas on 21 October, the new movie is set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland and follows two lifelong friends named Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson).
However, the pair find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship.
"A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer," the plot synopsis reads.
"But Padraic's repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences."
Also at this year's Venice, documentarian Laura Poitras' film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed was awarded the festival's top Golden Lion prize.
A list of major winners following the event can be found below.
- Golden Lion: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras
- Grand Jury Prize: Saint Omer by Alice Diop
- Silver Lion: Bones & All by Luca Guadagnino
- Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Tár
- Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin
- Golden Osella for Best Screenplay: The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh
- Special Jury Prize: No Bears by Jafar Panahi
- Marcello Mastroianni Award: Taylor Russell for Bones & All