Venice 2019: Todd Phillips' film has bewitched the jury; the Silver Lion went to Polanski and Best Director to Roy Andersson. The Special Jury Prize was for La mafia non è più quella di una volta. The “insane talent” of Joaquin Phoenix (as described by director Todd Phillips) has triumphed over the competition. Joker has walked away with the Golden Lion at this the 76th edition of Venice International Film Festival. The incredible physical and psychological transformation of the actor, alongside the film’s mise-en-scène and screenplay, enchanted the jury presided over by Lucrecia Martel and composed of Stacy Martin, Mary Harron, Piers Handling, Rodrigo Prieto, Shinya Tsukamoto and Paolo Virzì. Phoenix appeared on stage with the director to accept the award and Phillips confirmed that without the former and his insane talent, “the film would never have existed”. Roman Polanski wasn’t there to accept the Silver Lion–Grand Jury Prize for.