The makeup of the film is largely baby boomers. Zhao said she finds the generation “really has a lot of values and believes in a lot of things, and society did sort of put them aside because of the ageism we have in our society. It’s really great to be around them. This was the first time I have people show up on set before me.” … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Frances McDormand & Chloe Zhao On Being Docents For The Van-Dwelling Community – Venice
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The film is based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, and finds McDormand acting alongside some of the real people Bruder chronicles in her book: Linda May, Charlene Swankie and Bob Wells. Actor David Strathairn also stars in the film. … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand Heads West in New ‘Nomadland’ Teaser
There are ways in which I somewhat prefer Zhao’s two previous films, mainly because they center on people whose Western lifestyles remain connected to those of many previous generations of Americans—cowboys, oil drillers, ranchers and farmers, homesteaders, anyone who works with animals—but now have been bypassed by technology and utterly changed times. The homeless, rootless people on view in Nomadland summon up memories of the itinerants and vagabonds of the Great Depression years, but at least two factors are different: Many of the modern-era vagabonds possess vehicles, even if they have no money, and the dominant personalities tend to be women, although that impression could simply stem from Zhao having decided to focus more upon them (the only other name actor here, David Strathairn, plays a taciturn guy clearly interested in Fern but who gets nowhere). … [Read more...] about Film Review: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand
In terms of the key films with distribution already that are using exposure on the fall fest circuit to jump into the Oscar race, beware. September is the new July as far as this Oscar season is concerned, and you have a very long road to travel if you want to be front of mind come the new year, when the season will really kick into gear. Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Frances McDormand, Regina King, Anthony Hopkins and maybe a few others are clearly on the trail. You can tell that already by the arranged awards already planned, or announced. In fact, Ammonite star Winslet, The Father star Hopkins, and Nomadland director Chloe Zhao were all tapped to receive Telluride’s Silver Medallion awards before that fest was canceled, and the trio are also the main honorees of the Toronto Film Festival Tribute Awards being presented on Tuesday. Their films are undoubtedly the most Oscar-baity on view in a thin fall fest year. I am embargoed from saying much about Ammonite until … [Read more...] about Oscars: Fall Film Fest Circuit Aims To Promote Early Contenders McDormand, Winslet, Hopkins, King, And More – But Is It Just Too Damn Early?
Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion, said: “This film takes a new and different look at an important subject matter. All of our lives changed because of the events of 9/11, but for those who were there the effects are long lasting and deeply felt. The core cast of this film have not spoken publicly before. By looking at what happened to them on the day and their lives twenty years on, we can see how the shockwaves of that event still reverberate in profound ways today.” … [Read more...] about BBC Orders ‘9/11: The Twenty Year Anniversary’ Documentary From Top Hat & BAFTA-Winner Arthur Cary, Keshet To Launch Sales At Mipcom