Winners of the 76th Venice Film Festival, which has been in full swing for the last 10 days, were announced on Sunday.
The Best Actress award went to Ariane Ascaride for "Gloria Mundi" and Best Actor to Luca Marinelli for "Martin Eden."
The Golden Lion for Best Film was awarded to the superhero film "Joker" by Todd Phillips. An independent film based on DC comics' classic villain, "The Joker", it follows comedian Arthur Fleck as he becomes an evil joker after a series of desperate situations.
Director Roman Polanski won the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize for "An Officer and a Spy," also known as "J'accuse." The film, starring French actors Louis Garrel and Jean Dujardin, tells the story of Alfred Dreyfus, a French army officer.
China had two films in the main competition of the festival – Yonfan's "No. 7 Cherry Lane" and "Saturday Fiction," – with the animation "No. 7 Cherry Lane" winning the Best Screenplay.
Although Chinese actress Gong Li missed the Best Actress award this time, "Saturday Fiction" was well-received.
"Joker" won the Golden Lion for Best Film, and many netizens commented that it deserved the award. It is also the first time a superhero film has been named Best Film of the three major European film festivals.