Nomadland

Thu, Apr 22
  • Thu, Apr 22
7:00 pm Sold Out

Thu, Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm: included with an Awards Season Weekend Pass

Director: Chloe Zhao Run Time: 107 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Frances McDormand, Gay DeForest, Linda May, Patricia Grier

Country: United States
Language: English


Screening as part of Awards Season Weekend at the Center.  Passes include reserved seating at all in person screenings and the watch party for the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25.

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“Nomadland feels like gazing out on one long, gorgeous sunset…the movie is a marvel of empathy and introspection.”

– Peter Debruge, Variety

About the film:

The first film to win top prize at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals also earned Director Chloe Zhao the Golden Globe for Best Director. Earned five nominations at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards and seven nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.

After losing everything in the Great Recession, Fern embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells act as Fern’s mentors and comrades as she explores a life outside of conventional society.

Guided by Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century,” Director Chloe Zhao, Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand (as “Fern”), and a small team travelled across seven states over a five-month period to film their experiential masterpiece.

About the filmmaker:

Third feature film for writer-director Chloé Zhao, who also produced and edited. After growing up in China and England, she received her BA in political science from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA in film production from NYU. Zhao has always been deeply drawn to the experience of an outsider, and she often explores authentic stories through untrained actors from these marginalized communities.

After several short film projects, she filmed her debut feature at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) premiered at Sundance and screened in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Her second feature, the contemporary western The Rider (2017), premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight and won the Art Cinema Award. Eternals, her entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is scheduled for release in November 2021.

Zhao is only the second woman in the history of the Golden Globes to be awarded Best Director. Read more about her historic win, or hear more about the unique filming of Nomadland from Zhao and McDormand in conversation with TIFF.

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