Facts about Chloé Zhao
Chloé Zhao Biography
Chinese-born filmmaker Chloé Zhao made a splash in American cinema with her first two independent features, Songs My Brother Taught Me (2015) and The Rider (2018).
Both films explored the loneliness and unrealized dreams of the American west, and both films were critically acclaimed dramas that used non-professional actors.
Raised in Beijing then educated in the U.S. and settling in California, Zhao first earned praise for a 2010 student film, then spent five years working on what became Songs My Brother Taught Me, a drama about Lakota Sioux siblings that was shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
While making that film, she met rodeo rider Brady Jandreau, and her next film, The Rider, was a fictional tale that starred Jandreau, his father and his sister. It was praised by many critics as one of the best films of 2018 and won the best picture award from the National Society of Film Critics.
That success propelled Zhao into higher Hollywood tiers and in 2018 it was announced she’d signed on to direct a Marvel movie based on the characters of the Jack Kirby comic The Eternals.
In the meantime, she released the 2020 film, Nomadland.