Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" to be released in February next year

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao's award-winning film "Nomadland" has been set to open on Feb. 19, 2021 in North America, according to Disney's Searchlight Pictures.

"See You Down the Road, Nomadland," tweeted Searchlight Pictures on Monday. The studio also released a new official trailer, offering a further look at the critically acclaimed film.

Based on Jessica Bruder's 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, the film stars two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand as an out-of-work woman who packs her van and sets off from her small town to travel around the vast landscape of the American West, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

"Nomadland" is the third feature film from Zhao, a Beijing native who went to the United States when she was 15. Her debut feature film, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" released in 2015, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Zhao's second feature film, "The Rider" released in 2017, received nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director.

"Nomadland" has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, making history to be the first film that has won both top honors. It's now widely considered as one of the favorites in the upcoming Hollywood awards season and a front-runner in the Oscar best-picture race. McDormand is also a contender for Oscar best actress.

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