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‘Joker’ wins Golden Lion at Venice, Polanski drama is runner-up

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Dark drama “Joker” about the origins of the villainous character won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, while Roman Polanski’s military drama about France’s notorious Dreyfus affair took the runner-up prize.

The 76th Venice Film Festival – Awards Ceremony – Venice, Italy, September 7, 2019 – Director Todd Phillips poses next to actor Joaquin Phoenix and Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta after winning the Golden Lion for Best Film. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

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