Nomadland winner Chloe Zhao to sit on Venice film jury

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Chloe Zhao, nominated for best director for Nomadland, arrives at the Oscars on April 25, at Union Station in Los Angeles. AFP

Director Chloe Zhao, fresh off her Nomadland best film win at this year’s Academy Awards, will sit on the jury of the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers said on Wednesday.

The annual international festival, to be held on the glitzy island of Lido from September 1-11, will be headed by Jury President Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean director whose Parasite won an Oscar for best film in 2019.

Zhao, who was born in China but lives and works in the US, collected Venice’s top prize last year, when Nomadland took home a Golden Lion for best film before going on to win a slew of awards at the Oscars this year, including best director and best picture.

Venice’s six-person jury also includes directors Saverio Costanzo from Italy and Romania’s Alexander Nanau, British actress and singer Cynthia Erivo, Belgian-French actress Virginie Efira and Canadian actress Sarah Gadon.

The Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest and among the most prestigious, rivalling Cannes and Berlin.