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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland was one of the hottest tickets at Venice and Toronto this year. Screening on the last day of competition in Venice, it was certainly worth the wait. Starring Frances McDormand as the nomad in question, we follow Fern as she wanders the American west, constantly uprooting herself as she follows seasonal work: packing for Amazon, picking beets, cleaning on campsites. The reason for her nomadic lifestyle is the death not just of her husband, but of her town (Empire, Nevada), which has ceased to exist following the closure of the town’s mine. The film opens with […]