Frances McDormand's 'Nomadland' to Get Joint World Premiere From Venice and Toronto Film Festivals

Chloé Zhao drama will also rollout out via Telluride and New York festivals

Searchlight Pictures

Chloé Zhao’s drama “Nomadland” will get a joint world premiere on September 11 via both the Venice and Toronto film festivals, with additional fall screenings from the Telluride and New York film festivals, Searchlight Pictures chairs Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula announced Monday.

While Telluride was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, executive director Julie Huntsinger plans to host a drive-in screening in Southern California later in the evening of Sept. 11, featuring in-person appearances by Zhao and star Frances McDormand. The film was also set as the centerpiece selection of the New York Film Festival.

The move is part of a “united platform” that the four major fall festivals announced earlier this month in response to the pandemic, vowing to move away from competing with each other for world premieres and specific films and to work together to keep the “film ecosystem” thriving.

Based on journalist Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century,” the film follows Fern (McDormand), a woman who, after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The film features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West. David Strathairn also stars.

Searchlight coordinated the events in tandem with festival programmers to salute the spirit of collaboration between the 77th Venice International Film Festival, 47th Telluride Film Festival, 45th Toronto International Film Festival and 58th New York Film Festival.

“The American road fascinates me.  It’s heartbreakingly beautiful and deeply complicated. I’ve traveled it for many years and always hoped to capture a glimpse of it,” Zhao said in a statement. “I’m thankful to be able to make ‘Nomadland’ and excited for audiences to join Fern on her adventure.”

“Nomadland” producers include McDormand, Zhao, Peter Spears (“Call Me by Your Name”), Mollye Asher (“The Rider”) and Dan Janvey (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”).

19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From 'It's a Wonderful Life' to 'Wonder Woman' (Videos)

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)George Bailey bonds with his future love an ice cream parlor.
  • Roman Holiday (1953)Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck enjoy a sweet treat on Rome’s Spanish Steps.
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)Bette Davis clutches two ice cream cones on a Malibu beach.
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)John Carpenter’s shocker includes a surprise killing of a girl.
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)Bob Hope and Fozzie Bear bond over ice cream.
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)Justin Henry acts out over ice cream with Dustin Hoffman’s divorced dad.
  • Mad Max (1979)Max’s wife (Joanne Samuel) fends off a bad guy with an ice cream cone — and a knee — in this dystopian classic.
  • The Shining (1980)”How’d you like some ice cream, Doc?”
  • My Girl (1991)Anna Chlumsky’s Vada joins a grown-up writing class and recites an adorable ode to “vanilla, chocolate, Rocky Road, even with pie a la mode.”
  • Forrest Gump (1994)”The only good thing about being wounded in the butt-ocks.”
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)John Travolta and Uma Thurman bond over a milkshake.
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999)Angelina Jolie makes quite an impression ordering a hot fudge sundae.
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)Sandra Bullock reminds us why a woman’s best male friends are sometimes named Ben and Jerry.
  • The Princess Diaries (2001)Anne Hathaway demonstrates the dangers of brain freeze from too big a spoonful.
  • City Slickers (2001)Josh Mostel’s Barry is tested on his ability to choose the perfect ice cream to follow any meal.
  • The Notebook (2004)Kisses always taste better after ice cream is smashed into your lover’s face.
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)Abigail Breslin’s Olive learns what “a la mode” means — as well as how to combat body shamers.
  • Zootopia (2016)This Oscar winner proves that elephants make the perfect ice cream servers.
  • Wonder Woman (2017)Gal Gadot’s very sheltered heroine discovers some of what she’s been missing on her remote island home.

Over the years, Hollywood has licked up America’s favorite frozen treat

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