Nomadland

Nomadland

classified 15

The BFI London Film Festival… in Bristol

Film

Fri 16 Oct 18:40, 19:00, 19:20

Director:
Chloé Zhao
Cast:
Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells
Details:
108 mins, 2020, USA
Primary language:
English

Frances McDormand illuminates Chloé Zhao’s follow up to The Rider, a humane and lyrical film about people living on the road in the American West.

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 eponymous book. But there is also much of Chloé 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. And Zhao’s regular collaborator, cinematographer Joshua James Richards, exquisitely captures the expansive open landscapes of the Western United States.


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Introductory Talk
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Q&A Session
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