Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland won the marquee Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival’s Audience Award and now is driving into awards season, with Searchlight Pictures debuting the official trailer today for the drama starring Frances McDormand. It comes as the pic launched an Oscar-qualifying run earlier this month.
The plan is to have it hit theaters broadly in February 2021.
The third of Zhao’s trilogy of films surveying the new American West following Songs My Brother Taught Me and The Rider, Nomadland centers on Fern (Oscar winner McDormand, who also produces here), who packs her van after losing almost everything in the Great Recession and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
Zhao adapted Jessica Bruder’s 2017 book of the same name that highlighted the post-recession trend of U.S. employers using a new, low-cost labor pool: mostly transient older Americans who take to the road and form communities who call themselves “workampers.”
The pic features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades.
Check out the trailer above.
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