Middleburg Film Fest: 'Nomadland' Will Kick Off October Gathering

'Nomadland'
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'Nomadland'

Nomadland, the Chloe Zhao-directed frontrunner for the best picture Oscar after winning the top prizes at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, will open the eighth annual Middleburg Film Festival on Oct. 15, the northern Virginia-based fest announced Friday.

This year's fest, which will be "a hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings, conversations and events to accommodate for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," will run Oct. 15-18. There will be some drive-in screenings.

Ricky Staub's feature directorial debut Concrete Cowboy will screen Oct. 16; Regina King's feature directorial debut One Night in Miami will screen Oct. 17

Lee Isaac Chung's Minari will also screen over the look weekend as the centerpiece film.

"In light of these unprecedented times," MFF executive director Susan Koch said in a statement, "we are delighted to be able to offer both in-person and virtual screenings — so whether joining us under the stars in Middleburg or watching from home, filmgoers will be able to experience the best in film from around the world."

Added MFF founder and board chair Sheila C. Johnson, "We're delighted to present such a wide range of perspectives and experiences in this year's lineup. Films are a powerful way to increase our understanding of one another and encourage dialogue especially during this fraught and divisive time."