This Sunday at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the Galileo open air cinema will be screening the highly acclaimed Nomadland (2020), directed, produced, written and edited by Chloe Zhao, the first Asian woman to be nominated for best director at the Oscars. This film absolutely annihilated the 2021 Academy Awards, picking up an award in almost every category, a poignant and moving film that is visually striking and provocative.
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) crams her scanty, memory-laden belongings into a beat-up, second-hand van and hits the road, travelling from town to town, state to state, in search of work opportunities, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
Nomadland is Chloé Zhao’s third feature film and it features real-life nomads; Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
As Fern navigates a nomadic lifestyle surviving on a hand-to-mouth basis, she meets other kindred spirits along the way. These mostly silver-haired, fellow modern-day nomads, are the result of a generation that suffered a crippling blow after the 2008 financial collapse. The film asks the viewer to question; when the world is falling apart around you, and only memories remain, is home just a word?
Nomadland had a prolific run at the 2021 Oscars picking up the following academy awards:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Role (Frances McDormand)
- Best Achievement in Directing (Chloe Zhao)
- Best Achievement in Film Editing (Chloe Zhao)
- Best Achievement in Cinematography (Joshua James Richards)
The film also garnered a string of awards at the BAFTA’s (British Academy Film Awards) and other esteemed filmmaking awards.
There will be delicious food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available to purchase on location from a mini-market of artisanal local vendors.
Light drizzle, cold or wind will not cancel the event, so make sure to come prepared for the elements. Should the event be cancelled due to heavy rain or strong wind, you will receive an SMS and e-mail to the registered Webtickets account.
Tickets range between R109 – R195 per person.
Doors open at 6pm and the film will begin at sunset.
- Date: Sunday, 3 April 2022
- Tickets: Galileo
- Location: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735
Picture: @nomadlandfilm / Instagram