The Florida Project
Sean Baker’s ascension continues in this moving and immersive look at the struggles of homelessness through the eyes of precocious motel kids.
Orlando, Florida, at the edges of Disney World. Six year-old Moonee and her ragtag bunch of friends hold court in The Magic Castle Motel, to the frustration of kindly motel owner Bobby (a stalwart Willem Dafoe). Her chaotic single mother Halley cooks up barely-legal schemes to pay their motel rent each week. They live on the edge, even as the children’s innocence makes it an endless summer of wonder and adventure.
Spirited verite filmmaking from director Sean Baker imbues the breakout cast of firebrand Bria Vinaite and shining child actress Brooklynn Kimberly Prince with a fully-formed dimensionality – their captivating naturalism pulling you into them. The Floridian swagger and sweltering heat bleeds through Alexis Zabé’s 35mm camera – all bright pastels and kid laughter, as the spectre of homelessness looms. The Florida Project is an ode to joy, empathy and the transformative magic of childhood.
Cast & Credits
New Jersey born writer-director Sean Baker came to prominence with the Spirit Award nominated films Take Out (2008), Prince of Broadway (2009) and Spirit Award winner Starlet (2012). He broke out with the iPhone 5-shot Tangerine (2015) at the Sundance Film Festival. The Florida Project (2017) had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Shih-ching Tsou
Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince
• Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• Truly Moving Picture Award, Heartland Film 2017