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Monday, September 9, 2019

JOKER Wins Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award

Joker Wins Golden Lion At The 2019 Venice Film Festival

Todd Phillips' "Joker", a film focusing on the origin story of the titular DC Comics supervillain, has triumphed at this year's Venice Film Festival, taking home the Golden Lion jury award. Accepting the award, Phillips praised the film's star Joaquin Phoenix, who has been receiving heaps of praise from critics for his fearless performance:
"There is no movie without Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin is the fiercest and brightest and most open-minded lion I know. Thank you for trusting me with your insane talent."
The reason Phoenix walked away from the festival empty-handed is because the Venice Film Festival has a rule in place that prevents a film from winning both the Golden Lion, and the Volpi Cup Best Actor prize.

This win could boost the film's awards season chances, much like it did for Guillermo del Toro's 2017 Best Picture oscar winner "The Shape of Water". On the other hand, last year's Golden Lion winner "Roma", which raked in 10 Academy Award nominations, ultimately lost Best Picture to "Green Book". Even if it won't win, at this point it's a safe bet that "Joker" will get some Best Picture attention, and Phoenix will definitely get a Best Actor nod.

Here's what jury member Mary Harron had to say about "Joker", after the awards ceremony:
"They took a comic book mythology that has been done in so many ways and overturned it and revitalized it for now".
Meanwhile, Roman Polanski took the runner-up Grand Jury Prize for his film "An Officer and a Spy" ("J'accuse").

Check out the full list of 2019 Venice Film Festival winners after the jump.








COMPETITION

Golden Lion: “Joker,” Todd Phillips

Grand Jury Prize: “An Officer and a Spy,” Roman Polanski

Silver Lion for Best Director: Roy Andersson, “About Endlessness”

Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Ariane Ascaride, “Gloria Mundi”

Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Luca Marinelli, “Martin Eden”

Best Screenplay: “No. 7 Cherry Lane,” Yonfan

Special Jury Prize: “The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be,” Franco Maresco

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Young Actor: Toby Wallace, “Babyteeth”

HORIZONS COMPETITION (ORIZZONTI)

Best Film: “Atlantis,” Valentyn Vasyanovych

Best Director: Théo Court, “White on White”

Special Jury Prize: “Verdict,” Raymund Ribas Gutierrez

Best Actress: Marta Nieto, “Madre”

Best Actor: Sami Bouajila, “A Son”

Best Screenplay:“Back Home,” Jessica Palud, Philippe Lioret and Diastème

Best Short Film: “Darling,” Saim Sadiq

LION OF THE FUTURE

Luigi de Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Feature: “You Will Die at Twenty,” Amjad Abu Alala

VENICE CLASSICS

Best Restored Film: “Ecstasy,” Gustav Machatý

Best Documentary on Cinema: “Babenco – Alguém Tem Que Ouvir O Coração E Dizer: Parou,” Bárbara Paz

VIRTUAL REALITY COMPETITION

Best Virtual Reality: Céline Tricart, “The Key”

Best Virtual Reality Experience: “A Linha,” Ricardo Laganaro

Best Virtual Reality Story: “Daughters of Chibok,” Joel Kachi Benson






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