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Searchlight Pictures Sets Premiere Events With Major Fall Film Festivals For Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” Followed By Fall 2020 Theatrical Release
- Monday, Jul. 27, 2020
Venice and Toronto Simultaneous World Premieres September 11th, Telluride Film Festival to Host Special “Telluride from Los Angeles” Drive-In Screening on September 11th, New York Film Festival Announces Film as Centerpiece Selection of 58th Edition
“It is both a great pleasure and honor to be part of Chloé Zhao’s new film’s unveiling to the world,” said Venice International Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera. “NOMADLAND is a brave and touching journey into a world that exists under the radar of mainstream social consciousness. It is a film that acquires particular meaning in a moment of pandemic induced seclusion, proving that values like mutual support and a strong sense of community can save us from solitude, failure, and despair. I am also happy to share the opportunity to support this beautiful film with our fellow festivals of Telluride, Toronto, and New York: a concrete sign of solidarity and collaboration in this unprecedented and difficult time.”
"We can't wait for Toronto audiences to fall in love with NOMADLAND as we did," said TIFF Co-Heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey. "Frances McDormand's heartbreaking performance and Chloé Zhao's wise embrace of American outcasts make this a film everyone should see. We're proud to join our colleagues in Venice, Telluride, and New York in presenting this terrific new film from Searchlight."
“Chloe’s understanding and depiction of the layered beauty of the human experience achieves new heights in NOMADLAND,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “Tom Luddy and I believe in her vision and are grateful to unite with our colleagues in Toronto, Venice, and New York to highlight this sensitive and stunning achievement.”
“We knew that Chloé Zhao’s masterful film, NOMADLAND, deserved a central spot at the New York Film Festival as soon as we saw it,” said Eugene Hernandez, Director of the New York Film Festival, “It was hardly surprising to learn that the film had also resonated with our friends in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. We’re elated to share Chloé and Fran’s remarkable achievement with New York audiences this fall, in solidarity with our festival colleagues.”
“We are honored to have Chloé back at the festival with her most ambitious and moving work to date,” said New York Film Festival director of programming Dennis Lim, who chaired the festival's Main Slate selection committee. “Anchored by Frances McDormand’s indelible performance, NOMADLAND is a road movie for our precarious times, and it establishes Chloé as one of the most clear-eyed and humane observers of life on the American margins.”
NOMADLAND is 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). In addition to McDormand, the film features David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck.). Zhao reunites with her cinematographer on The Rider, Joshua James Richards (God’s Own Country). The film features compositions by Italian composer Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi and film editing by Zhao. At Searchlight, the film was overseen by Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum and Vice President of Production Taylor Friedman. 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. Zhao directed the upcoming Marvel Studios release Eternals, set for release in 2021 by Walt Disney Studios.
About SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations and is part of The Walt Disney Studios. Searchlight Pictures recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, having released Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Upcoming releases include 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, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.
About THE 77TH VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 77th Venice International Film Festival is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. It will take place at Venice Lido from September 2 to 12, 2020. The Festival is officially recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association). The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
About THE 45TH TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 10 to 19, 2020, is tailored to fit the moment, with physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, and industry talks. This year’s selection comprises a lineup of 50 new feature films, five programs of short films, as well as interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers. TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.
About THE 47TH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
The prestigious Telluride Film Festival ranks among the world’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. TFF is considered a major launching ground for the fall season’s most talked-about films. Founded in 1974, Telluride Film Festival, presented in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, is a four-day international educational event celebrating the art of film. Telluride Film Festival’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule, kept secret until just before Opening Day, consists of over three dozen filmmakers presenting their newest works, special Guest Director programs, major Tributes to guest artists, special events and remarkable treasures from the past. Telluride Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational program. Festival headquarters are in Berkeley, CA.
About THE 58TH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and continues a more than 50-year tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The New York Film Festival has been a centerpiece of New York film culture since 1963, introducing US audiences to the most essential new cinematic works from around the world. Support for the New York Film Festival is generously provided by Official Partners HBO and Campari, Benefactor Partner Netflix, Supporting Partners Radeberger Pilsner and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Contributing Partners Harken Wine and Hudson New York-an SBE Hotel, and Media Partner WNET New York Public Media. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Film at Lincoln Center. Film at Lincoln Center receives generous, year-round support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org and follow @TheNYFF on Twitter and Instagram.