Friday, 20 September, 2019

‘Joker’ wins Best Film at the Venice Film Festival

Joker's Trick: Todd Phillips' Joker Takes Home The Highest Honour At The Venice Film Festival ‘Joker’ wins Best Film at the Venice Film Festival
Adrian Cunningham | 10 September, 2019, 23:39

It's an unusual victory for a comic book film, though, for a dramatic title that owes massively to Taxi Driver and stars an auteur's actor like Joaquin Phoenix, it's a little less surprising.

Diehard fans of the Joker's original comics might be asking why Phillips is going with "Arthur Fleck" when the Joker already has a real name. He and director Todd Phillips have worked together on a number of projects, beginning with 2009's The Hangover. The story is a cautionary tale of Arthur Fleck, a man with a strong character disregarded by society.

The three-time Oscar victor used her speech at the exclusive fundraiser for the Toronto International Film Festival to reflect on the power of cinema, and how it can affect the discourse, for better or worse.

As well as performing solo cello for the epic biographical Western, The Revenant, the talented 37-year-old composer, choral singer and classically trained musician has written the scores for films such as The Oath (2016), Journey's End (2017) and Mary Magdalene (2018). The script revolves around a failed stand-up comedian who takes the path of crime and creates chaos in Gotham City. So with that in mind, can we expect Phoenix's Joker and Robert Pattinson's Batman to crossover anytime soon? "No".

In a gala dinner held Monday amid the Toronto International Film Festival's unspooling premieres, the festival paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins.

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"It was a dream", he gushed of winning the award in Venice.

During his acceptance speech, Phillips thanked, "Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie", according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama picked up the Golden Lion award at the 76th Venice film festival on Saturday and has put Phoenix at the centre of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of a man pushed to the brink.

"It started becoming something more than I could have anticipated and it was one of the greatest experiences of my career".

On April 3, Warner Bros Pictures released the first trailer for Joker. "Joaquin Phoenix is astounding - the physicality of his work is especially impressive", Nemiroff wrote.

Of course, the best thing would be not to compare, because the safest thing is that after the premiere of this new film, each of them leaves us with a very different Joker from each other, but to find out we will have to wait until October 4, 2019.