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Marinelli, Ascaride win top acting prizes at Venice Film Festival

The 76th Venice Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Venice, Italy, September 7, 2019 - Actor Luca Marinelli gives a speech after winning the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Italian actor Luca Marinelli won the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday for his portrayal of a poor, aspiring writer in “Martin Eden” while French actress Ariane Ascaride won the best actress award.

Ascaride won for her role in “Gloria Mundi” in which she plays a mother desperate to help her financially-strapped family in this drama set in Marseilles.

Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Jason Neely

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