The Chinese born director Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland is the winner of the Venice Film Festival. The film is based on a widow’s life after the 2008 financial crisis who is played by Frances McDormand. Nomadland is not only directed by Chloe Zhao but also written, edited and co-produced as well.
The film festival was held live and was indeed the first-ever after the Coronavirus outbreak.
The historical drama by Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa ‘Wife of a Spy’ and Mexican director Michel Franco’s thriller ‘New Order’ were also recognised.
The world’s oldest festival took place at Lido Waterfront, where guests had to wear masks, and few seats were left empty as a precautionary measure at the screening.
Cate Blanchett, the Australian actress, is one of the juries at the 77th edition of the Venice Film festival that said the winner was chosen after a lot of deliberations.
Chloe Zhao, who is the first-ever woman to win ‘the Golden Lion’ at the Venice Film Festival in the last 10 years. She and McDormand thanked everyone for the award through a Zoom call from California.
Other awards were as follows:
The Venice Film festival’s Grand Jury prize was given to Michel Franco’s New order. Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa was awarded the best director. Both together received the Silver Lions.
The special jury prize was given to Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky for Dear Comrades!, the film is based on protesters in the USSR in 1962.
The best actress prize went to Britain’s Vanessa Kirby, and Italy’s Pierfrancesco Favino won the best actor award.
In 2019, the Venice Film festival’s top prize went to Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips.
Along with the other two big film festivals (Cannes & Berlin), Venice Film Festival also takes place in the Italian city. The Berlin festival was held as per schedule from 20 February to 1 March.But The Cannes Film Festival that takes place in May was forced to defer due to Coronavirus outbreak.