Sun 13 September 2020:
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao’s look at America’s van-dwelling community, starring Frances McDormand, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
McDormand plays a widow from a collapsed Nevada mining town who finds new life on the road in Zhao’s film, based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.
With the Venice win, Nomadland has moved into pole position for the 2021 Oscar race, with Searchlight Pictures sure to throw its weight behind the film as it builds to its Dec. 4 release in North America.
Nomadland pulled off the coup of a triple-premiere on Sept. 11, debuting in competition at Venice, holding a gala premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, and celebrating its Telluride-supported U.S. premiere at drive-in screenings in Los Angeles.
British actress Vanessa Kirby, who was in Venice with two films, won the best actress award for her performance as a woman reeling from the grief of losing her newborn daughter during a home birth in “Pieces of a Woman.”
Venice’s best actor honors went to Italian performer Pierfrancesco Favino for his starring role in Padrenosto, the story of a 10-year-old boy who witnesses an assassination attempt on his father, a largely autobiographical drama from director Claudio Noce.
New Order, Michel Franco’s depiction of a brutal, and bloody coup d’état against Mexico’s wealthy ruling class, won the runner-up Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize.
Here is a full list of winners at Venice Film Festival 2020:
GOLDEN LION: Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
SILVER LION – GRAND JURY PRIZE: New Order, Michel Franco
SILVER LION – AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife of a Spy
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Dear Comrades!, Andrei Konchalovsky
AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY: Chaitanya Tamhane, The Disciple
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress: Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor: Pierfrancesco Favino, Padrenostro
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress: Rouhollah Zamani, Sun Children
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM: The Wasteland, Ahmad Bahrami
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Lav Diaz, Genus Pan
SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE: Listem, Ana Rocha de Sousa
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY: Pietro Castellitto, I Predatori
AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS ORIZZONTI: Khansa Batma, Zanka Contact
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR: Yahya Mahayni, The Man Who Sold His Skin
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM: Entre Tu Y Milagros, Mariana Saffon
VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2020: The Shift, Laura Carreira
AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM: Listen, Ana Rocha de Sousa
GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST VR IMMERSIVE WORK: The Hangman at Home, Michelle and Uri Kranot
BEST VR IMMERSIVE USER EXPERIENCE: Finding Pandora X, Kiira Benzing
BEST VR IMMERSIVE STORY: Killing A Superstar, Fan Fan
The Venice awards ceremony, like the entire festival this year, was held under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Host Anna Foglietta played to a half-empty cinema of socially-distanced guests, all of whom wore masks throughout. Many of the winners accepted their prizes via video link.
Jury President Cate Blanchett handed out this year’s Golden and Silver Lion winners.
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