Joker receives record eight-minute standing ovation

Joaquin Phoenix-starrer Joker got an eight-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival premiere on Saturday night. Phoenix and the director of the film Todd Phillips were present at the celebration when the movie got a standing ovation for the origin story they’ve mapped out for Batman’s arch-villain, reported Variety.

Phoenix and Phillips were joined in the Sala Grande by Zazie Beetz, who likewise featured in the psychological thriller as Phoenix’s character’s neighbour. Robert De Niro, who plays a talk-show host in the film, did not make it to the premiere.

Source: Warner Bros

Buzz in Venice about the Warner Bros. movie had been growing as far back as it was unveiled a month ago as a feature of the line-up to the peak of the two press screenings and red-carpet premiere on Saturday.

Both the press screenings were totally packed, with the second one also receiving a loud round of applause at the end and cheers when Phoenix’s name appeared in the closing credits. Phoenix’s performance, specifically, is creating massive awards buzz.

Ledger won an Oscar for his role in the film. “I didn’t refer to any past iteration of the character,” he said. “It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways,” he explained. After Venice, Joker will head to Toronto for another festival bow.

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