Predicted nominee for Academy Awards ‘Nomadland’ to be released in the Chinese mainland, record box office expected

Chinese female director Zhao Ting Photo: CFP

The news that Nomadland, the masterpiece of Chinese female director Zhao Ting, also known as Chloé Zhao, will be released in the Chinese mainland on April 23 has driven Chinese netizens’ excitement on social media platform on Monday.

Most netizens on Sina Weibo expressed their support to the film that has received high marks and won many awards such as the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.

“I have kept my eyes on this movie for a long time and, after repeated calls, it finally made it to stage. I will definitely buy tickets and go to the theater to support it,” one netizen commented on Sina Weibo.

Some film critics predicted that, according to abundant positive feedback and high expectations from Chinese netizens, the movie might set a box office record for any literary film released in the Chinese mainland.

The Chinese version trailer has been published on social media platforms.

The film, directed, written, edited, and produced by Zhao, staring Frances McDormand, talks about a woman who leaves home to travel around the American West.

Because of its high quality, the film has raised high expectations to win the Academy Awards.

The 38-year-old Chinese female filmmaker gathered further success with the movie after two previous feature films. She made history as the most awarded filmmaker in a single season, with 34 awards for directing, 13 for screenplay, and nine for editing,  womenandhollywood.com reported on Wednesday.

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