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Around Nomadland - ChloƩ Zhao & Frances McDormand

Due to the lockdown, Rialto is temporarily closed. This means that this program has been postponed until further notice.

Chinese-American Chloé Zhao started writing and directing her first short films in 2008. Her breakthrough came in 2017 with The Rider, a critically acclaimed modern western about a rodeo cowboy and his ambitions thwarted by adversity. Now considered one of the most important film talents in America, Zhao captures life in the American Midwest – the vast, often sparsely populated area with endless landscapes – in an authentic, original and very personal way.

Actress Frances McDormand hardly needs an introduction. Since her first role in the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple (1984), she has managed to keep making a big impression with her nuanced and weathered acting performance. Joel and Ethan Coen noticed this too, casting her in five more films, including Fargo (1996), which won McDormand an Oscar for her role as pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson. Eleven years later, she won yet another one for the leading role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

What happens when these two talents decide to make a film together? You get Nomadland, a beautiful film about a woman who loses her job, but does not give up and decides to hit the road in her van in search of new opportunities. Zhao as a director and McDormand as an actress at their best. The film deservedly won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Nomadland will premiere on 18 February, but Rialto is hosting several pre-premieres in December. In addition, Rialto will present two films highlighting both women's amazing talents: Zhao's The Rider and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand in her Oscar-winning lead role.