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Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, wins Golden Lion top prize at Venice Film Festival

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, wins Golden Lion top prize at Venice Film Festival

The 76th Venice Film Festival - Closing Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, Sep 7, 2019 - Director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix pose. (Photo: Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw)

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.

The 76th Venice Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Venice, Italy, Sep 7, 2019 - Actor Luca Marinelli gives a speech after winning the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor. (Photo: Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw)

Meanwhile, Italian actor Luca Marinelli won the best actor award for his portrayal of a poor, aspiring writer in Martin Eden.

The 76th Venice Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Venice, Italy, Sep 7, 2019 - Ariane Ascaride poses after winning the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. (Photo: Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw)

Taking the best actress award was French actress Ariane Ascaride, who was recognised for her role in Gloria Mundi. She plays a mother desperate to help her financially-strapped family in this drama set in Marseilles.

The 76th Venice Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Venice, Italy, Sep 7, 2019 - Director Yonfan poses after winning the Award for Best Screenplay. (Photo: Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw)

Hong Kong born director Yonfan received the award for best screenplay for the fantasy animation No 7 Cherry Lane, set in 1967 Hong Kong.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Jason Neely)

Source: Reuters

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