Showing: 14 June 2021 until 17 June 2021
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Winner of Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Nomadland follows a woman who starts a new life on the road in the American Midwest after the economic collapse of her town.
Reeling from the early death of her beloved husband and the loss of their home in Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) lives in a kitted-out van, travelling from town to town and picking up short-term seasonal work where she can get it.
As with director Chloé Zhao's previous works The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Nomadland is populated with intimate and compassionate studies of real people playing versions of themselves, such as Fern’s compatriots on the road, Linda, Swankie and Bob, as well as a precious community that has grown out of the ruins of the country’s brutal service economy. Alongside them, McDormand delivers a quietly breathtaking performance – an angular, sympathetic portrait of an older woman choosing a life of relative freedom, whatever the pains and challenges that entails.
As well, Zhao’s regular collaborator, cinematographer Joshua James Richards, exquisitely captures the expansive open landscapes of the Western United States that demand to be seen on the big screen.
"Frances McDormand delivers the performance of her career...[Nomadland is] a group portrait and a portrait of the times, brought off with exceptional intelligence and style." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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