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Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera has had bounty to consider in the celebration’s first week. During the halfway point of the festival, Barbera sat down and discussed potential Oscar canadidates and many more questions.

I feel very good so far. It seems most of the movies have had good responses.

When asked about the JOKER on how strong it was but also a potential risk for Warner Brothers, Barbera responded

I think they made a good choice. The right choice. The film deserves the reception it is getting. It goes beyond the boundaries of the genre. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is outstanding and Todd Phillips did a great job.

And when asked what are its Academy prospects, including best picture… even at this early stage? Barbera answered

They’re very good. Absolutely, it will be in the running.

Upon hearing all the news from Venice, what is your early thoughts about JOKER? Let us know in the comments below!

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