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Nomadland (N/C 15+)

16 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Frances McDormand illuminates Chloé Zhao’s humane and lyrical film about people living on the road in the American West. Winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival's top award, this is Zhao's follow-up to The Rider.

Reeling from the early death of her beloved husband and the loss of their home in Empire, 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. It’s a premise built on the experiences of America’s modern-day nomads, documented in the source for the film, Jessica Bruder’s book of the same name. But there is also much of Zhao’s process present in the adaptation. As with her previous works, the film 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. Zhao’s regular collaborator, cinematographer Joshua James Richards, exquisitely captures the expansive open landscapes of the Western United States.

Screening at GFT as part of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.

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  • Director Chloé Zhao
  • Cast Frances McDormand, David Strathairn
  • Running Time 1h48m
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2020
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