London, UK (4th March, 2021) – Searchlight Pictures announced today the following rollout in the UK and Ireland for Chloé Zhao’s acclaimed feature NOMADLAND, winner of the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director, and of both the Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Best Film and the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Audience Award.
NOMADLAND will premiere on Star on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland on 30th April 2021, available to all Disney+ subscribers at no additional charge.
NOMADLAND will be available to UK and Ireland exhibitors for theatrical performance once cinemas re-open.
NOMADLAND stars two-time Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (Fargo; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), and real-life actors Swankie, Bob Wells and Linda May, all of whom appeared in Jessica Bruder’s acclaimed book, which Zhao adapted for the screen. NOMADLAND centres on Fern (McDormand), who, following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The film was produced by McDormand (Olive Kitteridge), Peter Spears (Call Me by Your Name), Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Mollye Asher (The Rider), and Zhao (The Rider). Zhao also edited the film, with Joshua James Richards (God’s Own Country) serving as Director of Photography and Production Designer, and featuring the sound team of M. Wolf Snyder (The Rider), Sergio Diaz (Roma), and Zach Seivers (Assassins).
NOMADLAND has been honoured with a host of awards since its world premiere in September 2020, most recently triumphing at the Golden Globes with wins for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Chloe Zhao. Other accolades include the People’s Choice Audience Award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and the Golden Lion for Best Film at last year’s Venice International Film Festival. Additionally, NOMADLAND was awarded Film of the Year by the London Film Critics Association with Chloe Zhao named Screenwriter of the Year, and Frances McDormand Actress of The Year. The film also won the Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards. Zhao was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, the Indiana Film Journalists Association, and the 2020 Critics Polls for IndieWire. NOMADLAND received 2 IFP Gotham Awards including Best Feature and the 2020 Audience Award and won the coveted Golden Frog for Cinematography at the 2020 International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage.
Star, the new general entertainment brand, launched on Disney+ on 23rd February. Star brings a fresh and ever-growing world of TV series, award-winning movies and originals to customers and launched with over 75 TV series, more than 280 movies and a slate of four exclusive Star Originals. New titles will be added to the service each month from Disney’s creative studios, including Disney Television Studios (20th Television and ABC Signature), FX Productions, 20th Century Studios and more.
About Searchlight Pictures
Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures for both theatrical and streaming release. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and is part of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company’s titles have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, amassing 26 Golden Globe Awards, 45 BAFTA awards, and 40 Academy Awards including four Best Picture winners since 2009: Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Shape of Water. Upcoming feature releases include Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, Scott Cooper’s Antlers, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, David Bruckner’s The Night House, and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The company includes a television and streaming arm, Searchlight Television, which develops and finances series, limited series, and films for streaming, network, and cable partners.
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