The Chinese film Chloé Zhao, who won the Golden Lion, tells a social drama about a woman who lives on the margins of mainstream society.
Nomadland, the winner of the Golden Lion at the 77th Venice Film Festival, which ended this Saturday, September 12, is a social drama about a woman who, after losing her job, decides to get in her truck and become a nomad, willing to live on the fringes of conventional society.
The movie is Based on a true story told in a non-fiction book written in 2017 by journalist Jessica Bruder, titled Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, that is to say “Nomadic Land: Surviving America in the 21st Century”.
The director is the Chinese Chloe Zhao, known for the acclaimed The Rider (2017), which was seen in Argentina at Bafici in 2018. It told the story of a young cowboy who, after suffering a near-fatal accident that curtailed his career as a rider, undertook the search for his identity and discovered what it means be a man in the heart of America.
Zhao’s debut feature, who is 38 years old and has been based in the United States for two decades, was Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), which had also had a successful stint on the international festival circuit and showed the relationship between a man from the Lakota Sioux tribe and his sister.
The protagonist of Nomadland is nothing less than Frances McDormand, a two-time Oscar winner. Now, both the actress and the director are candidates to appear in the nominations for the next Oscars, which will have a peculiar edition due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Nomadland, Zhao’s third feature film, we see McDormand’s character Fern embark on a cross-country journey of knowledge and exploration after losing his job or financial horizon.
On this tour of the American West, in which he proposes to practice unconventional ways of living, he discovers the lives of people and communities that inhabit the United States without a fixed place of residence.
If the coronavirus pandemic allows it, it will be released in Argentina in February 2021. For that month, more precisely for the 12th, it is also scheduled The Eternals, the new Marvel movie, also directed by Zhao.
With some heavy names in the large cast, such as Angelina Jolie (will be Thena), Kit Harington (Dane Whitman) or Salma Hayek (Ajak), it is based on the comics created by Jack Kirby and focuses on a group of super-powerful and immortal beings . It will have an openly gay superhero and also a deaf one.
In addition to the Golden Lion for Nomadland, the other winners of the official competition of the Venice Festival were: