Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At TIFF

By Creative Media Times


The star of upcoming film “Joker” is set to receive one of the inaugural Tribute Actor Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as announced Friday morning by TIFF.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” festival co-head Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF is thrilled to be celebrating an artist of his caliber with this inaugural award.”

Phoenix will be at the festival to promote his highly anticipated film “Joker”, a psychological thriller based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

Meryl Streep is also set to receive the honor and will also be at the festival in support of her Steven Soderbergh-directed film The Laundromat, which will also screen at the festival.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 5-15.

“Joker” is directed by Todd Phillips, best known for writing and directing The Hangover Trilogy and Borat, for which he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Also in the film are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais.

Joker is set to invade theaters on October 4, 2019.