Javier Bardem, Italy's Elio Germano share Cannes best actor prize

23rd May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spanish actor Javier Bardem and Italy's Elio Germano on Sunday shared the best actor award at the Cannes film festival.

Bardem, 41, scooped the honour for his performance as a terminally ill hustler in "Biutiful," a powerful Spanish-language drama by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

The actor adressed his companion Penelope Cruz, who sat in the awards ceremony audience, and said as he received the gong that he wanted to share it with "my love Penelope who I love so much, and to whom I owe so much."

Germano, 29, who shared the best actor prize with Bardem for his role as an ambitious construction contractor in Daniele Luchetti's "Our Life," a gritty slice of working class life in today's Rome.

"I dedicate this film to Italy and the Italians, who are doing all in their power to make the country a better place" than under its current leaders, he said as he accepted the prize at the festival's glitzy closing ceremony.

© 2010 AFP

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