Source: Warner Bros


Todd Phillips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics villain, cemented its Oscar credentials after winning the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

At tonight’s award ceremony (September 7) the Silver Lion grand jury prize went to Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy. Despite the controversy following the director, the film also picked up the FIPRESCI prize yesterday.

Swedish veteran Roy Andersson won the best director award for comedy About Endlessness.

The Lucrecia Martel-led jury awarded best screenplay to Hong Kong animation No. 7 Cherry Lane, written and directed by Yonfan.

In the acting categories, Ariane Ascaride won best actress for Robert Guédiguian’s Gloria Mundi, whilst Luca Marinelli picked up best actor for his performance in Pietro Marcello’s historical drama Martin Eden.

The special jury prize went to Franco Maresco’s The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be, whilst the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best new talent was awarded to Babyteeth star Toby Wallace.

Venice Film Festival Awards

Golden Lion for Best Film
Joker, dir. Todd Phillips

Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy, dir. Roman Polanski

Silver Lion – Best Director
Roy Andersson, About Endlessness

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride, Gloria Mundi

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden

Best Screenplay Award
Yonfan, No. 7 Cherry Lane

Special Jury Prize
The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be, dir. Franco Maresco

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Talent
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth

Lion of the Future (Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film)
You Will Die At 20, dir. Amjad Abu Alala

Horizon Awards

Best Film
Atlantis, dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych

Best Director
Théo Court, White On White

Special Jury Prize
Verdict, dir. Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

Best Actress
Marta Nieto, Madre

Best Actor
Sami Bouajila, A Son

Best Screenplay
Jessica Palud, Philippe Lioret, Diastème, Revinir

Best Short
Darling, dir. Saim Sadiq

Venice VR Awards

Best VR Film
The Key, dir. Celine Tricart

Best VR Experience Award
A Linha, dir. Ricardo Laganaro

Best VR Story Award
Daughters of Chibok, dir. Joel Kachi Benson

Venice Classics Awards

Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco - Alguém tem que ouvir o coração e dizer: Parou, dir. Barbára Paz

Best Restored Film
Ecstasy, dir. Gustav Machatý