“Joker” Takes Top Prize at Venice Film Festival

The 76th Venice International Film Festival concluded this weekend, with Todd Phillips’ Joker taking home the Golden Lion top prize, with Roman Polanski winning the second place Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy. Phillips made a point to thank Warner Bros. and DC for “stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie.” He also praised star Joaquin Phoenix stating “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.”

Joker opens to the public on October 4, 2019.

Below is a list of all of the Venice International Film Festival winners.

Venice 76 Awards

Golden Lion: Joker, directed by Todd Phillips
Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: An Officer and a Spy, directed by Roman Polanski
Silver Lion Best Director: Roy Andersson, About Endlessness
Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Ariane Ascaride in Gloria Mundi
Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Luca Marinelli in Martin Eden
Best Screenplay Award: No. 7 Cherry Lane, written and directed by Yonfan
Special Jury Prize: The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be, directed by Franco Maresco
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Young Actor: Toby Wallace in Babyteeth, directed by Shannon Murphy

Horizons Awards

Best Film: Atlantis, directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych
Best Director: Theo Court, Blanco en Blanco
Special Jury Prize: Verdict, directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Best Actress: Marta Nieto in Madre
Best Actor: Sami Bouajila in A Son
Best Screenplay: Revenir, written by Jessica Palud, Philippe Lioret, Diasteme and directed by Jessica Palud

Lion of the Future

Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: You Will Die at 20, directed by Amjad Abu Alala

Venice VR

Best VR Film: The Key, directed by Celine Tricart
Best VR Experience Award: A Linha, directed by Ricardo Laganaro
Best VR Story Award: Daughters of Chibok, directed by Joel Kachi Benson

Venice Classics

Best Documentary on Cinema: Babenco: Tell Me When I Die, directed by Barbara Paz
Best Restored Film: Ectasy, directed by Gustav Machaty


Source: THR

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