Midwest Radio – A film shot in the west of Ireland wins two awards at the Venice International Film Festival

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The Banshees of Inisherin, partly shot in Achill, won two awards at the Venice International Film Festival.

Colin Farrell is reported to have won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and writer-director Martin McDonagh won Best Screenplay for their new film, which also stars Brendan Gleeson.

The wins will see the Oscar-winning black comedy gain momentum as it prepares for Oscar nominations in January.

The long-awaited reunion of the In Bruges trio Farrell, Gleeson and McDonagh is set on an island off the west coast of Ireland in 1923 and also stars Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.

It follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), who hit a dead end when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship.

Shot on Inis Mór and Achill Island, The Banshees of Inisherin is McDonagh’s first film in Ireland since his Oscar-winning short Six Shooter starring Gleeson in 2004.

McDonagh previously won Best Screenplay at the festival for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The Banshees of Inisherin opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 21 October.

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