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Alum Chloé Zhao will receive the Irving M. Levin award for film direction.
This honor comes after the massive success of Zhao’s newest feature Nomadland. The film premiered simultaneously at three major festivals - Venice, Toronto, and Telluride - and won Golden Lion for Best Film at Venice as well as TIFF’s People’s Choice Award and Ebert Director Award.
Zhao will be honored alongside Aaron Sorkin. “We are thrilled to honor such exceptional talent at our SF Film Awards Night,” said executive director Anne Lai. “Both Aaron and Chloé’s remarkable work resonate deeply for us, not only in their beautiful cinematic expression but also in presenting deep and complex characters and questions for us as a society today. We hope that by celebrating these artists, their films, and these values, SF Film can have a positive impact on the cultural conversations that arise this time of year around highly anticipated awards contenders.”
Read more at Variety.