EntertainmentJoker TIFF premiere cements it as a bona fide — and controversial — awards player

15:51  10 september  2019
15:51  10 september  2019 Source:   ew.com

'Joker' Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

'Joker' Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival "Joker" from director Todd Phillips won the Golden Lion, and "J'Accuse," or "An Officer and a Spy," from director Roman Polanski has won the Grand Jury Prize, the festival's runner up prize, at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival. The comic book film starring Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story of the iconic Batman villain beat out a lineup that also included films such as James Gray's "Ad Astra" and Steven Soderbergh's "The Laundromat" for the top prize. Polanski's "An Officer and a Spy" stars Jean Dujardin in a film about the Dreyfus Affair.

It was Joker‘s day at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday. Fresh off their shocking Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival, the team behind the dark take on the Batman villain gathered for another night of celebration: First, for Joaquin Phoenix, an honoree at TIFF’s first-ever Gala Awards, and then for the film itself, making its North American premiere at the Roy Thomson Hall.

Joker TIFF premiere cements it as a bona fide — and controversial — awards player© Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.

Joker played to a packed house in Toronto and, as it unsettlingly and violently delivered the villain origin story it promised, reminded audiences why it was such a controversial play out of Venice. The film traces Arthur Fleck’s journey from lonely, misunderstood, mentally ill outsider to a domestic terrorist. It speaks closely and intently to current discourse over alienation and gun violence in America, particularly among white men, but muddies the message by not only sympathizing with and delineating his turn toward villainy, but finding room for a kind of cult worship of his infamous killings as well.

Joker director says Joaquin Phoenix would sometimes walk off set

Joker director says Joaquin Phoenix would sometimes walk off set Joker director says Joaquin Phoenix would sometimes walk off set

It’s a dark, provocative film in other words. Out of Venice, it proved polarizing. Strong notices came from the likes of The Guardian and Variety, while a few other major publications panned the film. As Stephanie Zacharek reviewed for Time, “The movie lionizes and glamorizes Arthur even as it shakes its head, faux-sorrowfully, over his violent behavior.”

Joker TIFF premiere cements it as a bona fide — and controversial — awards player© Amy Sussman/Getty Images Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Expect the controversy to continue and mount as the film hurtles into awards season, where it’s likely a contender across the board, and Phoenix is a Best Actor frontrunner. One chilling indication of the film’s potential real-world impact came late into the film when Arthur makes his first murder as Joker, a gruesome, horrifyingly realistic killing. Immediately after the act of it, someone in the Roy Thomson audience enthusiastically cheered.

Joaquin Phoenix storms off after ‘Joker’ interview question gets under his skin

  Joaquin Phoenix storms off after ‘Joker’ interview question gets under his skin The Joker was in no laughing mood. Joaquin Phoenix, star of the upcoming Batman origin story “Joker,” was so exasperated by a reporter’s question earlier this week regarding the film that he stormed off in a huff. The Telegraph interviewer asked Phoenix if he feared that the movie “might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about with potentially tragic results?” “Why would you . . . ? No . . . no,” muttered the 44-year-old actor before exiting.About an hour later, Phoenix completed the interview after some apparent backstage “peace-brokering” with Warner Bros.' publicity team, according to Digital Spy.Phoenix is no stranger to enigmatic interviews.

The film’s screening was followed by a Q&A with director Todd Phillips and the cast, including Frances Conroy, Zazie  Beetz, and Robert De Niro, as well as Phoenix. It was a jarringly light and sunny segue that began while the end-credits were still rolling. (No questions about the film’s unsettling real-world echoes were asked.) On stage, both Phillips and Phoenix gushed that there were “no rules” in the making of the movie, and that’s why they were so drawn to the material. “Honestly I didn’t f—ing know,” Phoenix said of when he first signed on. “It started becoming something more than I could’ve anticipated. It was one of the best experiences of my career.”

Beetz, Conroy, and an amusingly quiet De Niro — he didn’t much take to a question about which of his beloved ’70s films Joker reminded him of, a follow-up to Phillips naming them as a major influence — answered a question apiece before the very brief post-screening discussion wrapped with a final question for Phillips: Known for directing comedies like The Hangover, will he now make more movies like Joker? He brought it around to Phoenix. “I would do anything with him,” Phillips said. “I want him to be in Hangover 4.”

'Joker' spurs security precautions from US Army and LAPD

  'Joker' spurs security precautions from US Army and LAPD Both the US Army and the Los Angeles Police Department will be on alert -- and one theater chain has banned all costumes -- during the screening of "Joker."The movie hits theaters next week -- and it's the follow-up to 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," which saw a mass shooting in Colorado during a midnight showing.

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