'Nomadland' director Chloe Zhao with Frances McDormand

Source: Joshua James Richards

‘Nomadland’ director Chloe Zhao with Frances McDormand

Chloe Zhao’s US drama Nomadland has added to its impressive awards haul with the Grand Prix from the International Federation Of Film Critics (Fipresci) for 2021.

The award will be presented during the opening gala of the 69th San Sebastian Film Festival, which runs from September 17 to 25, 2021. The festival is looking to secure Zhao’s attendance but that is still to be confirmed.

The award was voted for by 633 critics from around the world, and open to all feature films released after July 1, 2020. Last year’s award was left undecided due to the pandemic.

The other nominees this year were Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg; Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Zbanic; What Do We See When We Look At The Sky? by Alexandre Koberdize; and Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn by Radu Jude.

Nomadland and Zhao started an awards run with the Golden Lion at Venice 2020, going on to receive prizes including Golden Globes for best motion picture – drama and best director; Baftas for best film, director, cinematograph and leading actress; and Oscars for best film, director and leading actress.

Previous winners of the Fipresci Grand Prix include Pedro Almodovar for All About My Mother; Richard Linklater for Boyhood; and three-time winner Paul Thomas Anderson for Magnolia, There Will Be Blood and Phantom Thread.

Zhao is only the second woman to receive the yearly award since its 1999 inauguration, after Maren Ade in 2016 for Toni Erdmann.