Thursday, Oct. 15 Salamander Resort Grand lawn & Drive-In 6:45 pm
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION. Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) packs up her weathered van and sets off on the road to begin a new chapter in her life, outside of conventional society as a modern day-day nomad. Widowed, stoic and determined, she is on her own. Along the way, Fern takes menial, seasonal jobs whenever she finds them. She also becomes part of a community of nomads (featuring actor David Strathairn with supporting roles played by real-life nomads including Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells) whom she meets up with at various stops along her travels. They become her mentors and kindred spirits in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West. Based on Jessica Bruder’s nonfiction book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, this is the third feature film from director Chloé Zhao. Nomadland took the top prizes at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It now seems poised to garner an Oscar nod for McDormand as well as for Best Picture and Director.
The Middleburg Film Festival is honored to present Chloé Zhao with this year’s Agnes Varda Trailblazing Filmmaker Award. The award is accompanied by a mentoring grant for aspiring female filmmakers.
A pre-recorded conversation with Zhao and the cast of Nomadland will follow the screening.
Agnès Varda Trailblazing Filmmaker Award — Chloé Zhao