Going into the Venice Film Festival, eyebrows were raised about the inclusion of director Todd Phillips’ “Joker” as it was mostly seen as a comic book movie even as the festival director promised something much more subversive.
Then it was screened to a contentious reaction, some utterly raving about it while others expressing concern about its content and what kind of impact it will have on society at large. Whatever the case, the film has now scored a big boost in terms of its credibility.
The Venice Film Festival announced this afternoon that “Joker” has won the top prize of the Golden Lion for Best Film from the Venice jury. The film beat out Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy” which came in second with the Grand Jury Prize.
Other winners include best director for Roy Andersson with “About Endlessness,” best actress being Ariane Ascaride for “Gloria Mundi,” best actor being Luca Marinelli for “Martin Eden,” and best screenplay for “No. 7 Cherry Lane”. A special jury prize was also handed out to Franco Maresco for “The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be”.
There’ll be plenty more dissection of “Joker” in the weeks to come as the film is slated to open in just under four weeks.