Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” will be the First Film for the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Cloe Zhao directed Nomadland, starring and produced by Frances McDormand will be the first film for the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
Screening of Nomadland based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century will be held on September 11 in Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido.
Venice International Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera said, “It is both a great pleasure and honor to be part of Chloe Zhao’s new film’s unveiling to the world.” “Nomadland is a brave and touching journey into a world that exists under the radar of mainstream social consciousness. It is a film that acquires particular meaning in a moment of pandemic induced seclusion, proving that values like mutual support and a strong sense of community can save us from solitude, failure, and despair. I am also happy to share the opportunity to support this beautiful film with our fellow Festivals of Telluride, Toronto, and Newyork, a concrete sign of solidarity and collaboration in this unprecedented and difficult time.”
“Nomadland is true cinematic discovery,” said Searchlight Pictures Chairman Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. After the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Mc Dormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The film features real nomads: Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells, as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the American West’s vast landscape.
Born and raised in Beijing, Chloe Zhao is a film director, screenwriter, and producer known for her work on American films. Songs My Brother Taught Me (2015) is her debut feature film and premiered at Sundance Film Festival. The Rider, Zhao’s second feature film, was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Director. Chloe Zhao will be behind the new superhero film The Eternals, making her the first Asian female director for a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU).