Top prize at Venice film festival given to Nomadland, as Chinese-born Chloe Zhao becomes first woman director to get Golden Lion since Sofia Coppola in 2010

Nomadland by director Chloe Zhao won top prize at the Venice film festival on Saturday, the first woman to win the prize in a decade. The film, an ode to American wanderlust and the highs and lows of the open road, won the Golden Lion in a competition billed as a relaunch of global cinema bruised by the coronavirus crisis. Starring Frances McDormand, it is set among the new tribe of ageing van dwellers, down on their luck and roaming the West. The double-Oscar winner plays a widow who takes…

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