22:08 PST 22/22/2021
The filmmaker’s Chinese origins and the film’s Oscar buzz have created interest among the country’s arthouse community.
Chloé Zhao’s Oscar favorite Nomadland has been given the green light for a limited theatrical release in China.
Neo-Western’s pace and themes will usually provide a challenging fit for China̵
Nomadland released through the National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas (NAAC), a government-sponsored organization that releases independent films in China with the support of major local exhibitors.
A source at one of the exhibitors supporting NAAC told Hollywood Reporter Tuesday that the film has received official permission for a limited release, but an exact date has not been set.
In recent years, the NAAC has made it a habit to import and release major Oscar winners just before or after the Academy Awards ceremony. Previous releases from the organization have included Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri ($ 10.3 million), Manchester by the sea ($ 1.2 million) and Bohemian Rhapsody ($ 14 million) as well as several Chinese and European arthouse films.
Based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book from 2017, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, Nomadland is Zhao’s third feature film after the critically acclaimed one Songs My brothers taught me and The rider. Born in Beijing, Zhao attended New York University Film School and now lives in the United States. She recently directed the upcoming Marvel movie The eternal.
Nomadland follows Fern (Frances McDormand), a widow who leaves her small town to explore life outside of conventional society. THRCritic David Rooney called the film “a powerful character study of a different kind of freedom fighter.”