“Nomadland” Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

Frances McDormand in "Nomadland"

This year’s Venice Film Festival marked the return of classic red carpet events and gave us a glimpse at some of the most anticipated movies of the year. Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland was the biggest winner and took the Golden Lion for best picture at the closing night.

Nomadland follows the adventures of an elderly woman, played by Frances McDormand, who embarks on a journey across the American West in her van after the economic collapse of her small town in rural Nevada. It’s expected to head to several more film festivals before premiering in theaters on December 4th.

In addition to Chloe Zhao’s latest film, the list of major winners at this year’s festival also included Silver Lion winner New Order, and Special Jury Prize winner Dear Comrades. Vanessa Kirby and Pierfrancesco Favino picked up Volpi Cups for acting.

The 77th Venice International Film Festival took place from September 2-12. According to the jury president Cate Blanchett, the winner was chosen after a “healthy and robust” discussion between the jury members.


Golden Lion

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize
Nuevo Orden; dir: Michel Franco

Silver Lion, Best Director
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife Of A Spy

Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces Of A Woman

Volpe Cup Best Actor
Pierfrancesco Favino, Padrenostro

Best Screenplay
Chaitanya Tamhane, The Disciple

Special Jury Prize
Dear Comrades, dir: Andrei Konchalovsky

Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Roohollah Zamani, Sun Children


Best Film
The Wasteland; dir: Ahmad Bahrami

Best Director
Lav Diazn 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, I Predatori

Best Short Film
Entre Tú Y Milagros, dir: Mariana Saffon

Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis Award For A Debut Film
Listen, dir: Ana Rocha de Sousa