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Nomadland wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

Sep 12, 2020 10:32:18 PM / by Marie Mathieu

The 77th Venice Film Festival drew to an end on Saturday night. Learn more about the winners and the major events of this year’s edition.

Changes at All Levels

This year was undoubtedly a year of change for the film festival, not only because of the Covid-19 situation but also because Alberto Barbera, Venice International Film Festival’s director, made a point of including more films directed by women in the competition. In this way, 8 out of the 18 films presented in the competition were directed by women. Moreover, this year's selection also witnessed an increase in the number of films which were not American productions.


Frances McDormand in "Nomadland" - © Joshua Richardson

Nomadland Wins Top Award, Kiyoshi Kurosawa Takes Silver Lion Award for Best Director Home

The winners of the 77th Venice Film Festival were announced on the festival’s closing night by the seven members of the Jury, led by Australian actress Cate Blanchett. Chloé Zhao’s drama Nomadland, which tells the journey of a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, decides to hit the road and explore life as a modern-day nomad, was awarded the Golden Lion for best film. Zhao is the first woman director to win this award since 2010. Michel Franco took second prize with his film New Order, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize. Among the top awards, Dear Comrades by Andrey Konchalovskiy won the Special Jury Award. Last but not least, Japanese film director Kiyoshi Kurosawa won the Silver Lion for directing for Wife of a Spy.

The Volpi Cup for best actor was awarded to Pierfrancesco Favino for his starring role in Claudio Noce’s coming-of-age drama film Padrenostro, while Vanessa Kirby won the Volpi Cup for best actress for her dazzling performance in Pieces of a Woman.

Orizzonti Section

The jury of the Orizzonti competition, chaired this year by Claire Denis, decided to give the award for best film to The Wasteland. Furthermore, the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize went to Ana Rocha de Sousa’s drama Listen. Earlier that night, the Portuguese director was also awarded the Lion of the Future, an award bestowed for a debut film.

The full list of winners is below. 




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

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

Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Pierfrancesco Favino - Padrenostro

Award for Best Screenplay: Chaitanya Tamhane - The Disciple

Special Jury Prize: Dear Comrades - Andrei Konchalovsky

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Talent: Rouhollah Zamani - Sun Children




Best FilmThe Wasteland - Ahmad Bahrami

Best DirectorLav Diaz - Genus Pan

Special Jury PrizeListen - Ana Rocha de Sousa

Best ActressKhansa Batma - Zanka Contact

Best ActorYahya Mahayni - The Man Who Sold His Skin 

Best ScreenplayThe Predators - Pietro Castellitto

Best Short FilmEntre tú y Milagros - Mariana Saffon

Lion of the Future - "Luigi de Laurentiis" Award for a Debut FilmListen - Ana Rocha de Sousa


Tags: Cinema, cinema industry, Venice Film Festival, awards

Written by Marie Mathieu

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