September 7, 2019 / 7:02 PM / 2 months ago

'Joker' wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

The 76th Venice Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Venice, Italy, September 7, 2019 - Director Todd Phillips poses after winning the Golden Lion for Best Film. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Director Todd Phillips’ dark drama “Joker” about the origins of the villainous character won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Joaquin Phoenix, who won rave reviews from critics at the festival, plays Batman’s nemesis, and follows his transformation from a vulnerable loner into the confident villain.

Roman Polanski’s military drama “An Officer and a Spy” took the runner-up Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize.

Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Jason Neely

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