The Florida Project
21 Critic’s guild awards across the nation, including Best Picture (3), Best Director (2), Best Supporting Actor (Dafoe – 11) and Best Youth Performance (Brooklynn Prince – 4).
Listed in numerous critic’s top ten lists for 2017, including New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Times (Manohla Dargis & A.O. Scott).
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably touching look at childhood.
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.
Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown.
Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
"Director Sean Baker crafts one of the best and toughest films about childhood ever and gives a never-better Willem Dafoe a clear shot at an Oscar."
"All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in "The Florida Project," Sean Baker's raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie."
"As in previous films, Mr. Baker mixes amateur and professional actors to exceptional effect."
"Baker has imbued this whole terrific movie with a child's sense of discovery - the sort that can turn a decrepit, pastel corner of Orlando into a vibrant cinematic playground."
"Dafoe delivers his finest performance in recent memory, bringing to levelheaded, unsanctimonious life a character who offers a glimmer of hope and caring within a world markedly short on both."
Directed by Sean Baker
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