Nomadland, based on a non-fiction book by Jessica Bruder from 2017, shows how de Fern (Frances McDormand) chooses a life without a home. She makes her home out of her van, prompted by the recession that followed the monetary crisis of 2008. Many more elderly Americans have since moved into such a nomadic existence, in search of new values, new friends and new harmony in their existence. A large part of the roles in this warm-hearted film are therefore for such “real” nomads.
Director Chloé Zoe stood out before with The rider (2017), a realistic portrait of a rodeo cowboy. She is only the fifth woman in the history of the oldest film festival in the world to win the main prize. Previously only Margarethe Von Trotta (Die bleierne Zeit, 1981), Agnes Varda (Sans toit ni loi, 1965), Mira Nair (Monsoon wedding, 2005) and Sofia Coppola (Somewhere, 2010) therein.
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Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces of a woman”.
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English actress Vanessa Kirby was named best actress in Venice for her role in the poignant pregnancy drama Pieces of a Woman. Pierfrancesco Favino held the Italian honor high with his election as best actor thanks to his performance in Padrenostro. Japanese Kiyoshi Kurosawa – not related to film legend Akira Kurosawa – was honored as best director for Wife of a spy and received a Silver Lion at the Lido.