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Adam Driver wins best actor at Venice Film Festival (2014)

Hungry Hearts

Story by Jack Foley

ADAM Driver has won the best actor prize at the Venice Film Festival.

The Girls star took the accolade for his performance as a father trying to save his baby son’s life in Saverio Costanzo’s New-York based tale Hungry Hearts.

Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher won best actress for her performance in the same film.

Venice’s top prize, the Golden Lion award, went to Swedish director Roy Andersson’s comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

The offbeat movie was praised by the majority of critics for its moving exploration of what it means to be human.

Upon picking up the prize, Andersson told the audience that he had been inspired by Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film Bicycle Thieves.

Andersson’s triumph was something of a surprise as the favourite going into the awards evening had been Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence. However, that movie did not leave empty-handed, taking the Grand Jury Prize instead.

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