Nomadland is a 2020 American contemporary Western drama film directed, written, edited, and produced by Chloé Zhao. It is based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, and stars Frances McDormand (who also produced the film) as a woman who leaves her small town to travel around the American West. It also features David Strathairn, as well as real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie, Bob Wells, and Peter Spears (who also produced the film) as fictionalized versions of themselves.
Nomadland premiered on September 11, 2020, at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. It also won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, making it the first film ever to win the top prize at both Venice and Toronto. It had a one-week-only streaming release on December 4, 2020, and was released by Searchlight Pictures in select IMAX theaters in the United States on January 29, 2021, and is scheduled to release simultaneously in theaters and digitally on Hulu on February 19, 2021. The film garnered acclaim, with numerous critics and publications calling it among the best films of 2020. It was named one of the ten best films of 2020 by the National Board of Review, and received four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.
Nomadland Movie Plot
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
Nomadland Movie Cast
Frances McDormand, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grier, Linda May, Angela Reyes, Carl R. Hughes, Douglas G. Soul, Ryan Aquino, Teresa Buchanan, Karie Lynn McDermott Wilder, Brandy Wilber, Makenzie Etcheverry, Bob Wells, Annette Webb, Rachel Bannon
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