Nomadland wins best film, Vanessa Kirby takes best actress award

Nomadland wins best film, Vanessa Kirby takes best actress award

US-based Chinese director Chloé Zhao will be delighted with the award, given for Nomadland, which is a "documentary-influenced road movie starring Frances McDormand as an itinerant widow travelling across America".

"It was really about setting up an ecosystem, working with the nomads, because they are not always stationary and getting Fran to blend in", said Zhao during a press conference for the Venice Film Festival, according to Variety.

The festival on the Lido waterfront was the first such event to go ahead in front of live audiences since the Covid-19 pandemic all but shut down the world of show business.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who headed the jury at the 77th edition of the festival, said the victor had been chosen after "healthy and robust" deliberations by the jury members.

"Thank you so much for letting us come to your festival in this weird, weird, weird world and way", McDormand said in a video message with Zhao.

"The way is uncertain, but tonight is a beginning", she said.

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The festival's Grand Jury prize went to Franco's film, while Kurosawa was named the best director.

Its Chinese-born director Chloe Zhao picked up the coveted award 10 years after Sofia Coppola's 2010 win for her film "Somewhere", in a year in which almost half of the films in the main competition were directed by women.

The Chaitanya Tamhane directorial, The Disciple, has won the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Among the other major Venice awards, Italy's Pierfrancesco Favino won the prize for Best Actor for this role in the 1970s-era coming-of-age story "Padrenostro" (Our Father), while Vanessa Kirby from Great Britain won the Best Actress honor for her lead role in the drama "Pieces of a Woman".

The Berlin festival took place as scheduled from 20 February to 1 March.

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