The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Nomadland

Winner of three Academy Awards – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand), Best Director: Chloé Zhao, and Best Motion Picture of the Year – Nomadland is the transcendent film experience that has emerged as one of the most highly-acclaimed films of 2020.

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.  Powered by a superb cast led by McDormand’s soulful performance, and turns by 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, Nomadland is imbued with a mesmerizing sense of poetry by cinematographer Joshua James Richards and composer Ludovico Einaudi, all led by the visionary directing of  Chloé Zhao — only the second female filmmaker to take home the Academy Award for Best Director.

A lyrical character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.  Relegated to home-viewing due to COVID-19 theater closures, Nomadland is a sensory odyssey that richly rewards a theatrical viewing, and we thank Searchlight Pictures for this opportunity to provide audiences an opportunity to experience this remarkable film on the big screen.


“Nomadland is achingly beautiful and sad, a profound work of empathy from Zhao. It’s a true elegy, a lament for the dead, a yearning for the lost.” — Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“Fern and McDormand are… a window into a painful corner of America that is all too easy to look away from. Good for Zhao for pointing her camera directly at it.” — Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

“Zhao places the failed promises of the American dream alongside some of its most beautiful, breathtaking vistas, as Fern pursues a life that isn’t driven by a search for success and wealth.”— David Sims, The Atlantic