Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” wins top prize at Venice Film Fest

VENICE, Italy — Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zhao and McDormand appeared by video from the United States to accept the award, given virus-related travel restrictions made reaching the Lido difficult if not impossible for many Hollywood filmmakers and actors.

A favorite going into the awards season,…

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