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Upcoming Movie, 'Joker' Wins Big at Venice Festival; Roman Polanski Wins Silver Lion

The already critically-acclaimed Joker received the Golden Lion Award.

2019-09-07T22:47:00Z

There are still several days to fo for the already critically-acclaimed movie, Joker to hit the theaters, But since premiering at the Venice Film Festival, the film has already taken everyone by storm as it has received immense acclaim.

And now, the film has won it big at the festival receiving the Golden Lion Award. Todd Phillips' Joker took home the Golden Lion top prize in Venice on Saturday night, while Roman Polanski won the second place Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy. 

Upon receiving the prize, Phillips thanked "Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie."

And of the film's star Joaquin Phoenix, who joined Phillips onstage, the director said, "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 76th edition of the world’s oldest film festival wrapped Saturday night after 11 nights of world premieres. This year’s edition was one of the most sweltering in years, with festival-goers plagued by mosquitos and heat waves. Throngs of fans still came out to wait for a glimpse of Brad Pitt and Kristen Stewart, among others.

All the list of awards at the festival-

Golden Lion: Todd Phillips, dir. Joker

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: An Officer and a Spy, dir: Roman Polanski

Silver Lion Best Director: Roy Andersson, dir. About Endlessness

Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Ariane Ascaride, Gloria Mundi

Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden

Best Screenplay Award: No. 7 Cherry Lane, dir. and written by: Yonfan

Special Jury Prize: The Mafia is No Longer What it Used to Be, dir: Franco Maresco

Marcello Mastroianni Award: Toby Wallace, Babyteeth, dir: Shannon Murphy

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