Director: Chloe Zhao
Duration: 108 min.
Country: United States
Cast : Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, Bob Wells, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grier
Script : Chloé Zhao. Book: Jessica Bruder
Genre: Drama | Road Movie.
Music: Ludovico Einaudi
Photography : Joshua James Richards
Producer : Highwayman Films, Cor Cordium Productions, Hear/Say Productions.
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor in Spain : 20th Century Studios España
Theatrical release Spain: March 26, 2021
Original version: English subtitles in Spanish
2020: 3 Academy Awards: Best Movie, Direction and Actress (McDormand). 6 nominations
2020: 2 Golden Globes: Best Drama Movie and Direction. 4 nominations
2020: 4 BAFTA Awards: Best Film, Direction, Actress and Cinematography. 7 nominations
2020: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion (Best Film)
2020: Toronto Film Festival: Audience Award (Best Film)
A woman, after losing everything during the recession, embarks on a journey to the American West living like a nomad in a caravan. After the economic collapse that also affected her town in rural Nevada, Fern grabs her truck and sets off to explore a life outside of mainstream society, as a modern nomad.
“It is at once melancholic and happy, earthy and epic, unsentimental but definitely moving, and full of sorrow for a lost past as well as hope for an uncertain future”
In American culture, the highway is more than transit territory, more than just a path between two fixed points. The idea of a nomadic life is at the origin of the nation, in the journey of the pioneers who crossed the American lands in search of prosperity.
Then came other dreamers: Jack London and his libertarian ideals, or Jack Kerouac and the beatniks, who found their own path to artistic creation and the sublime life ‘on the road’. With the 21st century, another nomadism arrived, studied by the journalist Jessica Bruder in her book Nomad Country. 21st century survivors (published in Spain by Captain Swing) and now made into a documentary film by Chloé Zhao, who portrays an itinerant community made up of elderly people who lost their properties in the great recession of 2007-2009.
It is not the first time that Zhao proposes a hybrid path between documentary and fiction. Sus dos films anteriores –Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) y The Rider (2017)– they already overlapped the work of professional and amateur actors, who showed their real modus vivendi on the screen.
In this way, Nomadland brings together various testimonies of people who have found in the nomadic life an alternative to ‘the tyranny of the dollar’: debts, junk work, the spiral of consumerism… This collection of true experiences propels the fictional odyssey, charged with integrity and sensitivity, by Fern (Frances McDormand at the height of the most expressive secrecy), a woman who decides to hit the road after the death of her husband and the literal disappearance of her town.
The result is a film that seems not to follow a pre-established course, but rather builds on luminous discoveries: the beauty of the places we discover together with Fern, the dignity with which people face adversity, the shared emotions and hugs… Signs of life with which to combat contemporary confusion.
Next screening: January 27, 2022
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