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Todd Phillips & Joaquin Phoenix on “Joker”

Joker sought to add to its Venice momentum with the North American premiere at TIFF. Todd Phillips’ deep dive into a super villain hinges on Joaquin Phoenix’s tour de force performance and is part origin story part psychological horror which pushes the anti-hero envelope by eliciting an uncomfortable empathy from audiences for an “indefensible” protagonist. We spoke to Phoenix and Phillips in Venice about their film.