Agnès Varda Trailblazing Filmmaker Award — Chloé Zhao (2020)

  • Award
  • 20min

Oct. 15, 7:00 pm
This event will be viewable for 24 hours from date & time above.

The Middleburg Film Festival is honored to present the Agnès Varda Trailblazing Filmmaker Award to director Chloé Zhao, whose upcoming film NOMADLAND from Searchlight Pictures is opening the festival on October 15. Named after the late and celebrated French New Wave Cinema director, the award recognizes Zhao for the unique, authentic and humanistic cinematic vision on display in her three features to date. The award is accompanied by a mentoring grant for aspiring female filmmakers.

NOMADLAND received the Venice Golden Lion Award as well as the TIFF People’s Choice Award and is the first film ever to win both awards. Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

Zhao was born in Beijing, China and raised there as well as in Brighton England. studied film production at NYU. After moving to the US, she studied Politics at Mt Holyoke College and Film Production at NYU. Her first feature “Songs My Brother Taught Me” premiered at Sundance in 2015 and her second feature, the critically acclaimed “The Rider,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight in 2017 where it won the Art Cinema Award. Her next feature is Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” for release by Disney in 2021.