At The New York Film Festival, Nomadland was a centerpiece selection on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
At the 2020 Venice Film Festival, Nomadland was awarded the Golden Lion and the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Nomadland is the first film to hold both honors. More winners of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival are The Wrestler (2008) and Best Picture winner The Shape of Water (2017). On Saturday, September 26, 2020, Searchlight Pictures film, Nomadland had a New York premiere as the Centerpiece Selection of the 58th New York Film Festival, and it was presented by film at Lincoln Center with two drive-in screenings in Queens at the New York Hall of Science and Brooklyn located at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
The film had a World Premiere on September 11, 2020, at Venice and Toronto, following a special “Telluride from Los Angeles” Drive-In Screening that evening. Nomadland marks the first project between Zhao and Searchlight Pictures. Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations. Searchlight Pictures is also a part of The Walt Disney Studios.
Searchlight Pictures recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Its upcoming releases are Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, Scott Cooper’s Antlers, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, David Bruckner’s The Night House, Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The film features compositions by Italian composer Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi and film editing by Zhao. Zhao is a film director, screenwriter, editor, and producer known for her work on her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her second feature film, The Rider (2017), received several accolades including nominations for Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director.
During the filming of Nomadland, Zhao reunited with her cinematographer on The Rider, Joshua James Richards (God’s Own Country). She directed the upcoming Marvel Studios release Eternals, set for release in 2021 by Walt Disney Studios. Nomadland was produced by Frances McDormand HBO’s Olive Kitteridge Peter Spears Call Me by Your Name, Mollye Asher The Rider, Dan Janvey Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Chloé Zhao The Rider. At Searchlight Pictures, the film was overseen by Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum and Vice President of Production Taylor Friedman. Nomadland marks the fifth project between McDormand and Searchlight Pictures.
Back in 2017, Searchlight Pictures globally released Martin McDonagh’s film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a film that included McDormand, who won an Oscar for her performance. Searchlight Pictures also released Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Nomadland is a must-see film and it is about a woman who embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession. The film will be released in the USA on December 4, 2020.