Chloé Zhao’s NOMADLAND Wins Top Prize at the Venice Film Festival

NOMADLAND, the follow-up to writer-director Chloé Zhao’s award-winning prairie drama ‘The Rider,’ has won this year’s Golden Lion, the top prize, at the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival. You can check out a teaser trailer for the film below.

Based on the book of the same name by Jessica Bruder, NOMADLAND stars Frances McDormand as a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The film finds McDormand acting alongside some of the real people chronicled in Bruder’s book: Linda May, Bob Wells, and Charlene Swankie.


The complete list of winners :

Golden Lion: Nomadland, dir. Chloé Zhao

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: Michael Franco, New Order

Silver Lion Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife of a Spy

Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Pierfrancesco Favino, Padrenostro

Best Screenplay Award: Chaitanya Tamhane, The Disciple 

Special Jury Prize: Dear Comrades, dir. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Young Actor: Rouhallah Zamani, Sun Children


Horizons Awards

Best Film: The Wasteland, dir. Ahmad Bahrami

Best Director: Lav Diazm Genus Pan

Special Jury Prize: Listen, dir. Ana Rocha de Sousa

Best Actress: Khansa Batma, Zanka Contact

Best Actor: Yahya Mahayni, The Man Who Sold His Skin

Best Screenplay: Pietro Castellitto, The Predators

Best Short Film: Entre Tu Y Milagros, dir. Mariana Saffon

Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: Listen, dir. Ana Rocha de Sousa


Venice Virtual Reality Competition

Best VR Immersive Story: Killing a Superstar, dir. Fan Fan

Best VR Immersive Experience: Finding Pandora, dir. Kiira Benzing

Best VR Immersive Work: The Hangman at Home – An Immersive Single User Experience, dir. Michelle and Uri Kranot