Update, December 14: Frances McDormand walks on in the full trailer for Nomadland, the Oscar front-runner from Chloé Zhao. The trailer introduces us to the rest of the film’s cast of nomads, including David Strathairn and real-life nomads Linda May, Charlene Swankie, and Bob Wells. The movie now premieres in theaters on February 19, 2021, still within the bounds of this odd, extended Oscar season.
September 8, 2020
In case you worried movies would feel alien and unrelatable in the middle of a pandemic, here’s 58 seconds of Frances McDormand taking a walk, alone — an activity we’ve all become familiar with over the past six months. It’s the teaser trailer for Nomadland, Chloé Zhao’s follow-up to her acclaimed 2017 film The Rider. The adaptation of Jessica Bruder’s nonfiction book on people traveling the U.S. to look for work stars McDormand (in her first role since winning a second Oscar for Three Billboards) along with David Strathairn and real-life nomads Linda May, Charlene Swankie, and Bob Wells. Even with the festival circuit in pandemic disarray, Nomadland will walk through all the major showings, with dual premieres at Venice and Toronto on September 11, followed by a drive-in Telluride screening in Los Angeles and a centerpiece slot at the digital and drive-in New York Film Festival.