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‘Nomadland’ Wins Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival

“Nomadland” has obtained the Golden Lion Award as the very best movie of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, a jury headed by Cate Blanchett introduced on Saturday.

The Searchlight drama, a simultaneous premiere by the Venice, Telluride and Toronto festivals, was directed by Chloe Zhao and stars Frances McDormand as a lady who travels by means of the American West in a van after shedding her job and her house. Apart from McDormand and David Strathairn, virtually the entire actors within the movie are precise “nomads” that Zhao solid on her personal travels by means of the realm.

“Nuevo Orden” (“New Order”) by Mexican director Michel Franco gained the Silver Lion, the competition’s second-place award, whereas appearing prizes went to Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman” and Pierfrancesco Favino for “Padrenostro.”

Kiyoshi Kurosawa was named the competition’s greatest director for “Wife of a Spy.”

Ahmad Bahrami’s “The Wasteland” gained the award as the very best movie within the competition’s Orizzonti part, whereas Ana Rocha de Sousa’s “Listen” gained the Orizzonti jury prize and the award as the very best first movie on the competition.

In the greater than 70 years the Venice Film Festival has been in existence, the winner of its prime award has solely gone on to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture six occasions — however three of these passed off within the final three years, with “The Shape of Water,” “Roma” and “Joker.” Only two movies, “The Shape of Water” and Laurence Olivier’s 1948 movie model of “Hamlet,” have gained the Golden Lion and the Best Picture Oscar.

This yr’s Venice Film Festival was scaled down over earlier years, with socially-distanced screenings and smaller attendance from exterior Europe. Venice was the primary main competition to try a bodily occasion, after festivals together with South by Southwest, Tribeca, Cannes and Karlovy Vary canceled or went utterly digital.

In addition to Blanchett, the competitors jury consisted of actors Matt Dillon and Ludivine Sagnier, writer-directors Veronika Franz, Joanna Hogg and Christian Petzold and author Nicola Lagioia.

Additional prizes have been introduced by different juries headed by director Claire Denis, writer-director-musician Claudio Giovannesi and VR storyteller Celine Tricart.

In collateral Venice awards additionally introduced on Saturday, winners included “Pieces of a Woman,” “Notturno,” “The Disciple,” “Nomadland” and “City Hall.”

Here is the complete record of jury winners and collateral winners:


Golden Lion for Best Film: “Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao
Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize): “Nuevo Orden” (“New Order”), Michel Franco
Silver Lion for Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, “Wife of a Spy”
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Pierfrancesco Favino, “Padrenostro”
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
Award for Best Screenplay: Chaitanya Tamhane, “The Disciple”
Special Jury Prize: “Dear Comrades,” Andrei Konchalovsky
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Rouhallah 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: “Listen,” Ana Rocha de Sousa
Orizzonti Award for Best Actor: Yahya Mahayni, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”
Orizzonti Award for Best Actress: Khansa Batma, “Zanka Contact”
Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay: “Pietro Castellitto, “I Predatori”
Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film: “Entre tu y Milagros,” Mariana Saffon

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film: “Listen,” Ana Rocha de Sousa

Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work: “The Hangman at Home: An Immersive Single User Experience,” Michelle & Uri Kranot
Best VR Immersive User Experience: “Finding Pandora X,” Kiira Benzing
Best VR Immersive Story: “Sha Si Da Ming Xing” (“Killing a Superstar”), Fan Fan



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