Todd Phillips’ Joker already seemed poised for a win after receiving an eight-minute standing ovation last week at the Venice Film Festival
Phillips and Phoenix returned to Venice Saturday evening to accept the festival’s top honor. “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips, was awarded the Golden Lion for best film at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday by a competition jury led by the Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel. The film received fervent attention as well as critical praise for its portrayal of its troubled, murderous central figure, drawn from the DC Comics character and played by Joaquin Phoenix.
World premiering a comic book movie here was a bold risk that appears to have paid off.
Joker hits theaters Oct. 4.