“Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao will join fellow Oscar-winning filmmaker Bong Joon-ho on the main jury at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, organisers said on Wednesday.
Zhao’s Nomadland (2020), which attracted international recognition and won many awards, was also the Golden Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival. It has also got the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and numerous Best Picture awards.
Her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), was premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Her second feature film, The Rider (2017), was critically acclaimed and received nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director.
The judging line-up for the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival held in the Italian lagoon city will also include “Widows” and “Harriet” actress Cynthia Erivo and filmmaker Alexander Nanau, a nominee at this year’s Oscars for documentary “Colectiv”.
Virginie Efira, star of this month’s Cannes Film Festival contender “Benedetta”, actress Sarah Gadon, known for “Alias Grace” and “Enemy”, and Italian director Saverio Costanzo complete the line-up.
The festival earlier this year had already announced “Parasite” director Bong as the president of the jury, which hands out the event’s main Golden Lion prize. “Nomadland” won the award at Venice last September.
This year’s festival runs from September 1-11.