‘Joker’ wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

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US 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.

Acclaimed actor 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.

While Italian actor Luca Marinelli won the best actor award for his portrayal of a poor, aspiring writer in “Martin Eden” while French actress Ariane Ascaride won the best actress award.

Ascaride won for her role in “Gloria Mundi” in which she plays a mother desperate to help her financially-strapped family in this drama set in Marseilles.

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