NOMADLAND Teaser Shows Frances McDormand On An American Journey (VIDEO/IMAGES)

From indie director Chloé Zhao, this likely festival favorite is poised to be an Awards Season contender.

Watching the first trailer for the microbudgeted indie Nomadland, the last thing anyone would expect is that it comes from the director of one Marvel’s next big tentpoles, The Eternals. But that’s exactly who Chinese-American filmmaker Chloé Zhao is.

Nomadland, starring and produced by two-time Oscar-winner Frances McDormand, fits squarely into the milieu of extreme naturalism that Zhao’s first two features have embraced. Using untrained amateurs to play roles very similar to their real lives, Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider told poetic, poignant stories of rural indigenous Americans from the Dakotas — like Terrence Malick on a very low budget.

Nomadland comes from the same mold, but it’s Zhao’s first feature to be anchored by a major Hollywood star. Other than McDormand, though, the rest of the story’s modern-day 21st Century American nomads are reportedly authentic, ones that McDormand’s Fern (a woman in her sixties who’s lost everything after the Great Recession) comes across as she journeys west off-the-grid.

This first teaser, debuting on the cusp of the film’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, gives a hint at exactly what we should expect, which is right in line with Zhao’s previous efforts. It’s the polar opposite of the MCU she has now joined, which makes both upcoming films very intriguing prospects to compare and contrast.

Following a full run on the fall festival circuit that could position it for an Awards Season run, Nomadland will debut in theaters on December 4, 2020.

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