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Entertainment'Joker' wins top prize at the Venice Film Festival

07:05  08 september  2019
07:05  08 september  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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The actor Joaquin Phoenix stars in the film “ Joker ,” drawn from the DC Comics character, which won the top prize at the Venice International Film “ Joker ,” directed by Todd Phillips, was awarded the Golden Lion for best film at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday by a competition

The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world, and is often cited as one of the big three film festivals alongside the Cannes Film Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera also called Joker an early Oscar award contender. "The film deserves the reception it is getting," Barbera

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TORONTO — Who’s laughing now? “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips’ critically embraced “Joker” — a DC Comics movie with shades of Martin Scorsese — has won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

It’s a somewhat surprising turn of events and the second year in a row the Venice jury has bestowed the festival’s highest honor, the Golden Lion, on a film that drew rave reviews while simultaneously making Hollywood observers anxious at the state of the industry.

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The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world, and is often cited as one of the big three film festivals alongside the Cannes Film Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera also called Joker an early Oscar award contender. "The film deserves the reception it is getting," Barbera

Todd Phillips’ critically acclaimed film Joker won the Venice Film Festival ’s highest honor as the event came to a close. Awarding Joker the coveted top prize puts it well on the way to major nominations and possible wins throughout awards season.

Last year, the prize went to Netflix’s “Roma,” which became a major player in the Oscar race but also sparked fierce debate over the streaming giant’s limited theatrical release windows and disinterest in revealing box-office grosses.

This year, it won’t be surprising to see the ongoing praise, and likely box-office success, that “Joker” should enjoy throughout awards season to be tempered with grumbles that franchise titles — and comic book movies in particular — are dominating Hollywood’s output to an increasingly unsettling degree.

While Joaquin Phoenix’s widely praised lead performance was seen as a potential best actor pick in Venice (a prize he won for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” in 2012), honoring a major studio movie might have been seen as a stretch.

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The film " Joker " won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, the festival 's top movie award. Roman Polanski's film "J'accuse" was a favorite to win the Golden Lion prize , but it Venice Film Festival organizers faced criticism for including Polanski's film in the competition due to

' Joker ', starring Joaquin Phoenix, has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival . The film , directed by Todd Phillips, explores the origins of Critics have been enthused about Phoenix's performance in the movie, with many predicting it could lead to the actor winning his first Oscar.

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'Joker' wins top prize at the Venice Film Festival
(For those keeping track of what this means for the Oscar race, it’s notable that Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” won the Golden Lion before going on to claim 2017’s best picture Oscar; however, it was the first film ever to win both awards.)

But the Venice jury, led by Argentine director Lucrecia Martel, clearly wanted to make some statements with their selections. The runner-up Grand Jury Prize went to Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy.” The well-received dramatization of France’s notorious Dreyfus Affair sparked controversy from the point it was officially announced as part of the festival’s competition lineup.

And Martel herself had to clarify comments from the opening news conference that seemed to suggest she would not be happy to see Polanski, who remains a fugitive from American justice since pleading guilty in 1977 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, win a prize.

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’ VENICE, Italy - Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn’t really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman’s antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos. Preparing for the role involved losing quite a bit of weight, studying personality disorders and practicing the laugh over and over again. “(It’s) very difficult to distill into a soundbite,” Phoenix said Saturday in advance of the world premiere of “Joker” at the Venice International Film Festival.

The 76th annual Venice Film Festival recently came to a close, and amongst all the competition the festival awarded the hotly anticipated Joker its prestigious Golden Lion top prize . The film earned rave reviews at the festival , and both director Todd Philips and Joaquin Phoenix were on hand to

The Joker , starring Joaquin Phoenix, has taken the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival . Director Todd Phillips' film about the comic villain, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is already being tipped for the Oscars. Roman Polanski won the Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy, despite controversy

'Joker' wins top prize at the Venice Film Festival © Warner Bros./IMDb/TNS Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker." “An Officer and a Spy” currently has no U.S. distribution in place, and it remains an open question how any work from Polanski would be treated in the #MeToo era. The Oscar-winning filmmaker was expelled from the motion picture academy last year.

The two major Netflix films in competition at Venice — Noah Baumbach’s prime Oscar contender “Marriage Story” and Steven Soderbergh’s playful “The Laundromat” — did not receive any prizes from the jury. The Brad Pitt sci-fi epic “Ad Astra” also went home from the Lido empty-handed.

Additional key prizes went to Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, best director for “About Endlessness”; Ariane Ascaride, best actress for “Gloria Mundi”; Luca Marinelli, best actor for “Martin Eden”; and Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan, best screenplay for the animated “No. 7 Cherry Lane.”

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'Joker' wins top prize at the Venice Film Festival

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