Todd Phillips’ film Joker won the best film at the 76th Venice film festival on Saturday along with hearts of many. Based on the dark comic book ‘Joker,’ the movie was appreciated by the jury, and it received the standing ovation too. The movie is a prequel to the “Batman” series. It’s first time when a superhero movie gets this kind of arthouse kudos. It will not be a surprise if Joker will shine brightest in Oscars too.
Todd Phillips, the director of the movie, is grateful for the honor. He paid tribute to Phoenix’s intense performance and said, “he was the fiercest, bravest and most open-minded lion that I know.” “Thank you for trusting me with your insane talents,” he added further. Joker was premiered on 31 August in the festival where it received the standing ovation for 8 long minutes from the viewers.
The role played by Phoenix is complex and difficult, but the actor performed it with ease. While talking about his role, Phoenix said,” I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always.” “I think [Phillips] is very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say… It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f—–g s–t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most,” he said.
Joaquin Phoenix brilliantly played the role of Clown Prince of Crime in the movie, but he could not win the award of best actor. Italian actor Luca Marinelli received this award for Jack London adaptation “Martin Eden.” The best actress award received by French actress Ariane Ascaride for her performance in Gloria Mundi. The best screenplay award went to Yonfan for the animated film “No. 7 Cherry Lane”. The film is based on 1967’s Hong Kong.