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The deserved winner of the 2021 Best Picture Award at the Academy Awards and the BAFTAS.
Frances McDormand delivers yet another powerful performance as Fern, a woman who decides to pack her bags and turn to living a life on the road following the economic collapse of her home town.
Based on true-life stories the film follows Fern as she joins a growing number of Americans who have taken the choice to live in their vans and caravans and become nomads. Fern soon discovers an inner resilience and resourcefulness and along the way she meets a community of other nomads amongst the vast landscapes of the American West.
Nomadland is a gently profound story exploring life on the fringes of contemporary American society.
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With the Best Director win at the Academy Awards, Nomadland has confirmed Chloé Zhao as one of American independent cinema’s must-watch stars. With her three films so far, the filmmaker has established a distinct style, exploring the American heartlands through the combination of naturalistic performances (often working with non-actors) and stunning landscape photography. If Nomadland has inspired you to discover her previous work you can find them here:
Songs My Brother Taught Me (2015)
Zhao’s melancholic feature debut presents a portrait of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation as two siblings deal with the fallout of their father’s sudden death. Song’s My Brother Taught Me is currently available on Mubi with a subscription.
The Rider (2017)
Her second feature The Rider screened at The Dukes in October 2018 and is the film that convinced Frances McDormand to approach Zhao to direct Nomadland. The contemporary western follows a rodeo rider facing economic hardship after a brain injury forces him to stop riding. The Rider can be rented on the BFI player for £3.50.
The Cinema of Chloé Zhao (2021)
To further explore Zhao’s body of work we recommend the video essay The Cinema of Chloé Zhao by filmmaker Margarita Milne and commissioned by Film agency Bird’s Eye View which promotes films by and about women. The short film “is divided into five areas - home, authenticity, compassion, genre and nature” and is free to watch on YouTube here.
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