Chloé Zhao

Chloé Zhao (born Zhào Ting on March 31, 1982 in Beijing, China) is a writer-director who has worked mainly in American independent cinema. Zhao spent her early life in Beijing, attended high school in London, and went on to study political science at Mount Holyoke College in the United States. After graduating, she went on to study filmmaking at New York University’s Graduate Film Program. Her feature film debut "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" (2015) was nominated for the Golden Camera Award at Cannes, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and an Independent Spirit Award. Her second feature "The Rider" (2017) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Art Cinema Award. Her third feature "Nomadland" (2020) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and went on to win Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

This complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Irene Bedard  •  Eléonore Hendricks  •  Taysha Fuller  •  Travis Lone Hill

This complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Irene Bedard  •  Eléonore Hendricks  •  Taysha Fuller  •  Travis Lone Hill

The Rider (2018)

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for a new identity ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Brady Jandreau  •  Tim Jandreau  •  Lilly Jandreau  •  Cat Clifford

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for a new identity ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Brady Jandreau  •  Tim Jandreau  •  Lilly Jandreau  •  Cat Clifford

Daughters (2010)

When Maple, a quiet 14-year old girl living in rural China, is forced into an arranged marriage, she takes a dangerous path to free herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Luo Qian

When Maple, a quiet 14-year old girl living in rural China, is forced into an arranged marriage, she takes a dangerous path to free herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Luo Qian

Eternals (2021)

The Eternals are a team of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. When an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows, they are forced to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Gemma Chan  •  Kit Harington  •  Barry Keoghan  •  Angelina Jolie

The Eternals are a team of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. When an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows, they are forced to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Gemma Chan  •  Kit Harington  •  Barry Keoghan  •  Angelina Jolie

Nomadland (2021)

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A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the western United States after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  David Strathairn  •  Linda May  •  Bob Wells

A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the western United States after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  David Strathairn  •  Linda May  •  Bob Wells

Untitled Chloé Zhao Star Wars Film

An upcoming Star Wars film directed by Chloé Zhao, produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Kevin Feige.  (more)

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An upcoming Star Wars film directed by Chloé Zhao, produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Kevin Feige.  (more)

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Dracula

A futuristic sci-fi western version of Dracula.  (more)

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A futuristic sci-fi western version of Dracula.  (more)

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Post (2008)

Short film by Chloé Zhao.  (more)

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Short film by Chloé Zhao.  (more)

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The Atlas Mountains (2009)

Helen Thomas is an unhappily married woman. While spending Christmas alone at home, she forms a brief yet passionate relationship with Tarik El Bez, a quiet immigrant worker who comes to fix her computer on a cold December night. Trapped in a small living room, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Abby Royle  •  Amir Darvish

Helen Thomas is an unhappily married woman. While spending Christmas alone at home, she forms a brief yet passionate relationship with Tarik El Bez, a quiet immigrant worker who comes to fix her computer on a cold December night. Trapped in a small living room, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Abby Royle  •  Amir Darvish

Benachin (2011)

The annual Chinese spring festival dinner gets a little complicated when the family's only son brings home his Senegalese girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Stephen Lin  •  Ayesha Attah  •  Lisa Luo  •  Bing Zhao

The annual Chinese spring festival dinner gets a little complicated when the family's only son brings home his Senegalese girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chloé Zhao
CAST:  Stephen Lin  •  Ayesha Attah  •  Lisa Luo  •  Bing Zhao

Nomadland: See You Down The Road (2021)

An exploration of the artistry at play in Chloé Zhao’s Oscar®-winning adaptation of "Nomadland." This series of conversations features the NOMADLAND producing team as they discuss Zhao’s filmmaking process and the film's unique production challenges. This special ...  (more)

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CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Chloé Zhao  •  Peter Spears  •  Linda May

An exploration of the artistry at play in Chloé Zhao’s Oscar®-winning adaptation of "Nomadland." This series of conversations features the NOMADLAND producing team as they discuss Zhao’s filmmaking process and the film's unique production challenges. This special ...  (more)

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CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Chloé Zhao  •  Peter Spears  •  Linda May