Winners // 76TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix begin their race for gold.



The sure-to-be-divisive Joker picked up the top prize from the 76th Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world. The comic book film from Todd Phillips received a standing ovation after it premiered and immediately earned raves for its star, Joaquin Phoenix.


The Golden Lion win for the film was a surprise, as comic book films are rarely in luck when it comes to the awards season. But, Warner Bros. has been positioning Joker for an awards race since the adaptation was first announced.


Just as talked-about was the inclusion of Roman Polanski's latest, An Office and a Spy. The director has been absent from many major appearances since the #MeToo movement reignited conversation around Polanski's past legal troubles. In 1978, Polanski was charged with statutory rape before he fled to Europe. In 2018, he was removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His film earned the Grand Jury prize.


Lucrecia Martel served as this year's jury president.


GOLDEN LION

JOKER

Dir. Todd Phillips


SILVER LION GRAND JURY PRIZE

AN OFFICER AND A SPY

Dir. Roman Polanski


SILVER LION BEST DIRECTOR

Roy Anderson

ABOUT ENDLESSNESS


VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTRESS

Ariane Ascaride

GLORIA MUNDI


VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTOR

Luca Marinelli

MARTIN EDEN


BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD

NO. 7 CHERRY LANE

Yonfan


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

THE MAFIA IS NO LONGER WHAT IT USED TO BE

Dir. Franco Maresco


MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD

Toby Wallace

BABYTEETH


For a full list of winners, click here.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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