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Joker wins Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival

Joker wins Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival

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.