Nomadland film, wiki, release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Storyline


Nomadland (film)

Nomadland, a 2020 American neo-Western drama film. The film stars Frances McDormand (who is also a producer on the film) as a vandwelling working nomad who leaves her hometown after her husband dies and the only industry closes down to be “houseless” and travels across the United States. In a supporting part, David Strathairn appears. Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells, all real-life nomads, feature as fictionalized versions of themselves.

Nomadland premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 11, 2020, and received the Golden Lion. At the Toronto International Film Festival, it also won the People’s Choice Award. It had a one-week streaming limited release on December 4, 2020, and was released by Searchlight Pictures in select IMAX theaters around the United States on January 29, 2021, and simultaneously in theaters and on Hulu on February 19, 2021.

The film’s directing, script, editing, cinematography, and performances, particularly by McDormand, were all praised. It was the third-highest-rated film of 2020 on Metacritic, which determined it to be the most ranked as one of the finest films of the year by critics and newspapers. It won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for McDormand at the 93rd Academy Awards, out of a total of six nominations; Zhao became the first Asian woman and only the second woman ever to win Best Director, while McDormand became the first woman and only the fourth person ever to win Academy Awards for both acting and producing, as well as the first person ever to win Academy Awards as both an actress and a producer.

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Nomadland film Release Date

In February 2019, Searchlight Pictures purchased the worldwide distribution rights to Nomadland. On September 11, 2020, the film had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and on the same day, it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film received multiple accolades at Venice, including the Golden Lion, the festival’s highest honor. The film won the People’s Choice Award in Toronto. It’s the first picture to take home the top medal at both Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

Film at Lincoln Center, in collaboration with Searchlight, hosted special virtual screenings of the film for one week only commencing December 4, 2020, the film’s original release date until Searchlight postponed it to February 19, 2021, owing to worries about the COVID-19 pandemic.  On January 29, 2021, it was released in IMAX theaters, followed by a broad theatrical and drive-in release in the United States on February 19, and a streaming release on Hulu on the same day. On December 26, 2020, a two-week preview period began in certain areas of Australia and New Zealand, ahead of a wider release on March 4, 2021.

The film is also available on Disney+ under the Star content hub and Disney+ Hotstar in other countries. In Canada, the release date was April 9, 2021, and in most other countries where the Star hub or the Disney+ Hotstar service is accessible, it was April 30, 2021. Despite being slated for a limited release in China beginning April 23, 2021, the film has yet to be seen in any of the country’s theaters.

Nomadland film Storyline

Plot Summary & Review

Fern loses her job in 2011 when the US Gypsum plant in Empire, Nevada, closes; she had worked there for years with her husband, who had lately passed away. Fern sells most of her stuff and buys a van to live in while looking for work around the country. During the winter, she works at an Amazon fulfillment center as a seasonal employee.

Fern is invited to a desert meeting in Arizona organized by Bob Wells, which provides a support structure and community for fellow nomads, by Linda, a friend, and coworker. Fern initially declines, but as the weather becomes colder and she tries to find work in the area, she reconsiders. Fern joins other nomads there and learns basic road survival and self-sufficiency skills.

When Fern’s vehicle blows a tire, she goes to a local nomad named Swankie’s van and asks for a ride into town to get a replacement. Swankie chastises Fern for not being prepared and asks her to learn more road survival techniques; the two become good friends. Swankie informs Fern about her cancer diagnosis and shortening life expectancy, as well as her plan to build happy experiences on the road rather than rot in a hospital. They split ways at some point.

Fern eventually works as a camp host in Badlands National Park’s Cedar Pass Campground, where she meets Dave, another nomad she met and danced with back in the desert settlement. He’s working at Badlands National Park on a temporary basis, but when he gets diverticulitis, Fern pays him a visit to the hospital where he’s undergone emergency surgery. They go on to work at Wall Drug in South Dakota as waiters and waitresses. Dave’s son comes into the restaurant one night looking for him, telling him that his wife is expecting a kid and inviting him to meet his granddaughter. He hesitates, but Fern persuades him to go. Dave invites her to join him, but she declines.

Fern starts a new job at a sugar beet processing plant, but her van breaks down, and she is unable to pay for repairs. She visits her sister’s family in California because she is unable to borrow money. Her sister is the one who lends her the money. She wonders why Fern was never in their life and why she stayed in Empire after her husband died, but she praises Fern for being so self-sufficient. Fern subsequently pays a visit to Dave and his son’s family, when she learns that Dave has opted to live with them permanently. He admits to having feelings for her and invites her to live with him in a guest house for the rest of her life, but she decides to leave after only a few days and head to the beach.

Fern resumes her seasonal Amazon job and returns to the Arizona rendezvous later. Swankie has died, and she and the other nomads pay respect to her life by throwing stones into the blaze. Bob learns of Fern’s close relationship with her late husband, and he learns about his son’s death. Bob believes that in the nomad culture, goodbyes are never permanent because everyone always promises to see one other “down the road.”

Fern comes to Empire, a practically abandoned town, to dispose of the possessions she had been storing in a storage facility, sometime later. Before returning on the road, she pays a visit to the factory and the house she shared with her husband.

Nomadland film Cast

  • Frances McDormand as Fern
  • David Strathairn as Dave
  • Linda May as Linda
  • Charlene Swankie as Swankie
  • Bob Wells as Bob Wells
  • Peter Spears as Peter
  • Derek Endres as Derek
  • Tay Strathairn as James
  • Gay DeForest as Gay
  • Patricia Grier as Patty
  • Angela Reyes as Angela
  • Carl R. Hughes as Carl
  • Douglas G. Soul as Doug
  • Ryan Aquino as Ryan
  • Teresa Buchanan as Teresa
  • Karie Lynn McDermott Wilder as Karie
  • Brandy Wilder as Brandy
  • Makenzie Etcheverry as Makenzie
  • Annette Webb as Annette
  • Rachel Bannon as Rachel
  • Bryce Bedsworth as Bryce
  • Sherita Deni Coker as Deni
  • Merle Redwing as Merle
  • Forrest Bault as Forrest
  • Suanne Carlson as Suanne
  • Donnie Miller as Donnie
  • Roxanne Bay as Roxy
  • Matt Sfaelos as Noodle
  • Ronald O. Zimmerman as Ron
  • Paige Dean as Paige
  • Paul Winer as Paul
  • Derrick Janis as Victor
  • Greg Barber as Greg
  • Carol Anne Hodge as Carol
  • Matthew Stinson as Nurse Matt
  • Terry Phillip as Terry
  • Bradford Lee Riza as Brad
  • Cat Clifford as Cat
  • James R. Taylor Jr. as James
  • Jeremy Greenman as Jeremy
  • Ken Greenman as Ken
  • Melissa Smith as Dolly
  • Warren Keith as George
  • Jeff Andrews as Jeff
  • Paul Cunningham as Paul
  • Emily Jade Foley as Emily
  • Mike Sells as Mike
  • Cheryl Davis as Cheri

Nomadland film Wiki

  • Directed by Chloé Zhao
  • Screenplay by Chloé Zhao
  • Based on Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
    by Jessica Bruder
  • Produced by
    Frances McDormand
    Peter Spears
    Mollye Asher
    Dan Janvey
    Chloé Zhao
  • Starring
    Frances McDormand
    David Strathairn
    Linda May
  • Cinematography Joshua James Richards
  • Edited by Chloé Zhao
  • Music by Ludovico Einaudi
  • Production companies
    Highwayman Films
    Hear/Say Productions
    Cor Cordium Productions
  • Distributed by Searchlight Pictures
  • Release date
    September 11, 2020 (Venice)
    February 19, 2021 (United States)
  • Running time 108 minutes
  • Country United States
  • Language English
  • Budget $5 million
  • Box office $36.4 million

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