Joker takes top prize at the Venice Film Festival


Ain't no joke

Clearly people are head-over-heels for Todd Phillips' Joker. The marketing campaign and its trailers have garnered overwhelmingly positive chatter on social media, early reviews are mostly glowing, and excitement for a fresh take on the comic book film seems to be building. And now the Italians like it too.

Taking home the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Film Festival is the upcoming villainous origin story on everyone's lips. Roman Polanski's An Officer and a Spy received the second place Grand Jury Prize.

For a little context, the past five Golden Lion recipients have been Roma, The Shape of Water, The Woman Who Left, From Afar, and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Going back further reveals a wide range of international films, ones often relegated to art house theaters and generally smaller fanfare than that associated with Warner Bros.' juggernaut DC adaptation.

For skeptics regarding the direction Joker is looking to take, the big win at the respected festival could be the wind that changes their course; all accounts thus far would indicate the film to be a genuine achievement. 

Not long left to wait, with Joker hitting theaters October 4th, 2019.

‘Joker’ Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Roman Polanski Takes Runner-Up Prize [Variety]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up



Sam van der Meer
Sam van der Meer   gamer profile



Also on Flixist: Joker   (13)   From our database:

  • Here are the 92nd Academy Award winners - Jesse Lab
  • The 2019 Golden Cages: Most Overrated Movie - Hubert Vigilla
  • Here is your full list of 2020 Oscar nominations - Hubert Vigilla
  • Joker composer first solo woman to win Golden Globe for Score - Tarah Bleier
  • Here are the 2020 Golden Globe winners - Jesse Lab
  • Todd Phillips says yesterday's Joker sequel reports were false, lays out the facts - Hubert Vigilla
  • Update: Todd Phillips in talks to make a Joker sequel and develop other DC origin stories - Hubert Vigilla
  • Terminator has its own dark fate as film flops at the box office - Matthew Razak
  • Joker reclaims the number one spot on a dead weekend - Matthew Razak
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Awards #DC Comics #Joaquin Phoenix #Joker #Warner Bros.



    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!