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Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Set For Major Fall Festival Premieres, Including NYFF58 Centerpiece

The festival run will be followed by a domestic theatrical run scheduled for the fall…

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In a year of much awards uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the predicted Oscar frontrunners is set to premiere at various film festivals all over the world and cement itself as one of the year’s favorites.

Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Fargo”) is set for a Fall festival run, including the likes of Venice, Telluride, and Toronto, as well as the centerpiece at the 58th New York Film Festival. It is scheduled for a fall domestic theatrical release.

The synopsis for the film reads:

“The film follows Fern (McDormand), a woman who, after the economic collapse of her company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road to explore a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.”

One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year, the film will screen simultaneous world premieres at both Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, featuring virtual introductions from both McDormand and Zhao. Despite Telluride canceling its 45th edition of the festival, a special drive-in screening later in the evening will be hosted as part of “Telluride from Los Angeles” which will feature the pair in person. It’s an unprecedented move from the festivals to collaborate in such a manner and demonstrates the passion for “Nomadland” and the willingness to bring it to an audience.

Included in Searchlight’s exciting press release is the following quote from Searchlight Pictures chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula:

“NOMADLAND is a true cinematic discovery. We are grateful to Chloé and the entire NOMADLAND filmmaking team and to the festival community that is essential to the success of independent films, and we thank Alberto and Giulia, Julie and Tom, Cameron and Joana, and Eugene and Dennis for the opportunity to be a part of this unique time in our industry’s changing landscape. Chloé reminds us that film has the power to connect us no matter how far apart we might seem. We hope this special film can move audiences across the world and further support global cinema.”

Selected as the centerpiece film at the 58th New York Film Festival, Zhao’s previous film “The Rider” was also part of the selection at the 55th edition of the festival, receiving much acclaim including a nomination for Best Film at that year’s Independent Spirit Awards.

Included in a press release from Film at Lincoln Center is the following quote from the NYFF Director of Programming Dennis Lim:

“We are honored to have Chloé back at the festival with her most ambitious and moving work to date. Anchored by Frances McDormand’s indelible performance, Nomadland is a road movie for our precarious times, and it establishes Chloé as one of the most clear-eyed and humane observers of life on the American margins.”

It’s exciting to finally be looking toward the upcoming festivals and gearing for the release of potential Oscar frontrunners, and there’s no doubt “Nomadland” is going to be a top tier contender based on this announcement.

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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