Chloé Zhao makes history as fifth woman ever to win the Golden Lion in La Biennale di Venezia.
In the most female selection of Biennale ever, Chloé Zhao is the fifth woman winnng the top prize at Lido.
Chinese-born Zhao completes her successful trajectory after her debut in Sundance with Songs my Brothers Taught Me. The Rider (2017), her second feature film, was critically acclaimed and received several accolades including two independent film awards nominations after being selected at Quinzaine des Realisateurs, in Cannes Film Festival, winning the Art Cinema Award and earning her more nominations at the independent Spirit Awards.
Nomadland, her third feature film, is a recession-era road trip featuring Frances McDormand who positions herself as an oscar candidate.
Zhao is the fifth woman winning the Golden Lion after Margarethe von Trotta for her 1981 film Marianne and Juliane, Agnès Varda in 1985 for Sans Toit ni Loi, 2001 Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and 2010 Sofia Coppola's Somewhere.
Hong Kong director Ann Hui was presented the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award. Despite COVID restrictions, she was able to collect her prize and to see her film Love After Love making its world premiere, in the programme out of competition.
British actress, Vanessa Kirby won best leading actress for Pieces of a Woman, the tragedy of a couple after a failed home birth.