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Colin Farrell takes home Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival for The Banshees of Inisherin

A massive congratulations is in order as Colin Farrell has been honoured by the prestigious Venice Film Festival, taking home the award for Best Actor.

For his role in The Banshees of Inisherin, Colin won the respect title last night, accepting the award, saying: “I am utterly shocked to get this. And thrilled.”

The Dublin man also paid tribute to the film’s writer and director, his “dear friend” Martin McDonagh.

The film was an important Irish production, also starring Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan.

Martin also won big at the festival, receiving the award for Best Screenplay.

Filmed in the Aran Islands during the pandemic, The Banshees of Inisherin tells the story of two life-long friends whose fallout leads to shocking consequences for their small island community.

The official synopsis for the film reads: “Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees Of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who 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.”

“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.”

Pat Shortt will also star in the upcoming film.

The film will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, followed by its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival a few weeks later.

The Banshees Of Inisherin is set to be released in cinemas on Friday, 21 October.

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