"Nomadland" is a 2020 drama film directed, written, and edited by Chloé Zhao. The film is based on the 2017 non-fiction book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century" by Jessica Bruder.
Frances McDormand leads the cast, giving an unforgettable performance as Fern, a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West as a modern-day nomad living in a van. The film combines professional actors with real-life nomads, as Fern explores a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
"Nomadland" is notable for its authentic, intimate portrait of American nomadic culture. It's a film about resilience, community, and the human spirit, exploring themes of grief, economic hardship, and the desire for freedom and autonomy. McDormand’s portrayal of Fern is both raw and deeply moving, revealing the harsh realities and surprising beauties of life on the road.
The film was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its beautiful cinematography, contemplative pace, and McDormand’s powerful performance. It went on to win numerous awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Zhao, and Best Actress for McDormand at the 93rd Academy Awards.