Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker wins Golden Lion prize at 76th annual Venice Film Festival

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker scooped the Golden Lion top prize at the 76th annual Venice Film Festival on Saturday,  

Director Todd Phillips thanked ‘Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie.’

Heaping praise on the film’s star, Phoenix, 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.’    

Heaping praise on the film's star, Phoenix, 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'

Heaping praise on the film's star, Phoenix, 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'

Heaping praise on the film’s star, Phoenix, 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 film, which is loosely based on the DC villain, follows Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, an aspiring stand-up comedian slowly descending into madness and becoming the Joker

The film, which is loosely based on the DC villain, follows Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, an aspiring stand-up comedian slowly descending into madness and becoming the Joker

The film, which is loosely based on the DC villain, follows Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, an aspiring stand-up comedian slowly descending into madness and becoming the Joker

The 76th edition of the world’s oldest film festival wrapped Saturday night after 11 nights of world premieres.  

The film, which is loosely based on the DC villain, follows Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, an aspiring stand-up comedian slowly descending into madness and becoming the Joker.

Its world premiere was in Venice on August 31 the movie will debut in the United States on October 4. 

A sequel is rumored to be in the works, as well as a film which would see Phoenix’s Joker encounter Robert Pattinson, who was recently chosen to replace Ben Affleck as Batman.

A sequel is rumored to be in the works, as well as a film which would see Phoenix’s Joker encounter Robert Pattinson, who was recently chosen to replace Ben Affleck as Batman

A sequel is rumored to be in the works, as well as a film which would see Phoenix’s Joker encounter Robert Pattinson, who was recently chosen to replace Ben Affleck as Batman

A sequel is rumored to be in the works, as well as a film which would see Phoenix’s Joker encounter Robert Pattinson, who was recently chosen to replace Ben Affleck as Batman

Scooping the second prize, the Silver Lion award, Roy Andersson won the gong for best directing for About Endlessness. 

Although international press questioned the inclusion of Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy, the film was received warmly in Italy.

The film is a retelling of the Dreyfus Affair. It was announced as the early winner of the FIPRESCI prize – and received the highest average rating among Italian critics. 

The 76th edition of the world's oldest film festival wrapped Saturday night after 11 nights of world premieres

The 76th edition of the world's oldest film festival wrapped Saturday night after 11 nights of world premieres

The 76th edition of the world’s oldest film festival wrapped Saturday night after 11 nights of world premieres

Phoenix, 44, seems to have completely immersed himself in the role as he was able to showcase the funny, dark, and violent side of the Batman supervillian.

He is then shown talking to a social worker (played by Sharon Washington) who says it is the last time they will be meeting with him to which he responds: ‘You don’t listen, do you? You just ask the same questions every week.

Phoenix has been branded ‘fearsome’ and ‘gripping’ as he portrays the stand-up comedian-turned-outlaw in the first standalone movie to explore the villain’s origin story. 

The film was developed originally by Martin Scorsese and has racked up an impressive 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, pre-release. 

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