According to 2020 Critics Poll, 231 film critics and journalists named ‘Nomadland’ the best film of the year
Two-time Oscar-winning actor Frances Mcdormand plays a woman in her sixties named Fern - who loses everything during the Great Recession in one of the most acclaimed films of 2020, Nomadland.
Directed by Chloe Zhao, Nomadland features the largely overlooked casualties of the 2007-2009 economic collapse: older Americans.
Based on Jessica Bruder's Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, the film follows Fern who embarks on a journey through the American West and joins a growing community of modern-nomads living in RVs and vans.
Fargo actor Frances McDormand is joined onscreen by Oscar nominee David Strathairn and real-life nomads: Bob Wells, Linda May and Swankie.
Distributed by Searchlight Pictures, Nomadland premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. In both festivals, the film won the top prize. It is the winner of the Golden Lion at Venice and the People's Choice Award at TIFF.
The Toronto People's Choice Award has a well-established history of predicting Oscars success, making Nomadland the clear frontrunner.
According to the 2020 Critics Poll, 231 critics and journalists voted Nomadland to be the best film of the year. It also went on to bag both Best Director and Best Cinematography awards.
Acclaimed director of The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Chloe Zhao is the editor, co-producer, screenwriter and director of the film. She is the first woman to win the Golden Lion.
Zhao said about her film, “Having grown up in the cities of China and England, I’ve always been deeply drawn to the open road—an idea I find to be quintessentially American—the endless search for what’s beyond the horizon.."
The trailer of the film dropped on December 14.