Francis McDormand Feature Nomadland Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

Chloe Zhao’s Nomaland, a recessionary road trip drama starring Frances MacDormand, won the Golden Lion for Best Film Saturday at the slim-down-Venice Film Festival, held against the backdrop of the coronavirus epidemic Was.

Zhao and McDormand showed the video from the United States to accept the award, as it is difficult for many Hollywood filmmakers and actors to have a travel ban related to the virus that reaches Lido in the Italian lagoon city, if not impossible.

“Thank you so much for letting us come to your festival in this strange, strange world and by the way!” McDormand told the masked audience that the Italian marketing team for the film had indeed accepted the award. “But we are really glad that you let us come!” And we’ll see you down the road! ”

Nomadland has appeared at all major autumn film festivals in Venice, Toronto, New York, and an epidemic-lattice alliance with Telluride festivals, a favorite going to the awards season.

British actor Vanessa Kirby won the title of Best Lead Actress for Pieces, a drama about the emotional decline following the death of their child during a couple’s home birth. Italy’s Pirfranesco Fabino won the Best Actor Award for Padrenostro (our father) in an Italian coming-and-go story after a terrorist attack in the 1970s. Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa won the Silver Lion for Best Director for Wife of a Spy, while the Silver Lion Grand Jury went to Michelle Franco of Mexico for her dystopian drama New Order.

Frances McDormand in Nomadland, directed by Bu Chloe Zhao. Photograph: Search Pictures / AP

Dear Comrades, a Russian film about the 1960s-era genocide in the former Soviet Union! Won a special jury award, while Chaitanya Tamhane won the best screenplay for a disciple, about an Indian man’s pursuit to become a classical musician.

That the 10-day Venetian festival was absolutely a miracle, given that in late February, northern Italy fell to ground zero for Europe’s coronovirus outbreak. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled and other large international festivals in Toronto and New York opted to go mostly online.

But after Italy detected its transition with a tight 10-week lockdown, Venice decided to move on, under security protocols that would have been previously unimaginable for a festival that featured spectacular scenery and glamorous customers. Proud of Face masks were required indoors and outdoors. Reservation was required in advance for all, with the capacity of the theater being less than half. The public was barred from the red carpet and paparazzi, who usually followed the stars in rented boats, were given a socially disordered status on land.

With Vanessa Kirby the best actress for a woman.

With Vanessa Kirby the best actress for a woman. Photo: Ettore Ferrari / EPA

While it is too soon to say that if the measures worked, there were no immediate reports of infection between the festivals and compliance with the mask mandate and social disturbances appeared high. “We were a little worried at the beginning,” said Alberto Barbara, director of the celebration. “We knew that we had a very strict plan of security measures and we were sure of this, but you never know.”

Hong Kong director Ann Hui almost did not make it after boarding her flight due to virus border restrictions. In the end, she arrived to pick up her Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award and make her out-of-competition film Love After Love her world premiere.

“We were fortunate to receive a lot of presentations from around the world, and besides a few missing titles from Hollywood’s premier film studios, Venice is represented in most countries and the quality of the lineup is really high,” said the festival’s Director Barbara said.