The Florida Project


Rafael 1 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 8:15 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:115 min.
Director:Sean Baker
Producer:Sean Baker
Chris Bergoch
Kevin Chinoy
Andrew Duncan
Screenwriter:Sean Baker
Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer:Alexis Zabe
Editor:Sean Baker
Cast:Willem Dafoe
Brooklynn Prince
Valeria Cotto
Bria Vinaite
Christopher Rivera
Caleb Landry Jones
Macon Blair
Karren Karagulian
Sandy Kane
Print Source:A24
Note Writer:Pam Grady


DIRECTORS' NIGHT  The Magic Castle Motel is the tattered safety net for Orlando families verging on homelessness, a world away from Disneyworld’s glittering attractions just across town. But for precocious, six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), the inn and its surrounding neighborhood hold their own enchantment as her gritty, personal amusement park. The little girl runs wild, sometimes dangerously so, and incites her playmates to follow her lead. While Bobby (a terrific, world-weary Willem Dafoe), the hotel’s sympathetic, often exasperated manager scolds her, her wild-child mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) indulges her. She is also about as emotionally mature as her daughter, and acts out without considering consequences. Like filmmaker Sean Baker and co-writer Chris Bergoch’s previous collaboration Tangerine, which focused on transgender women prostitutes in Los Angeles, The Florida Project observes its impoverished characters with understanding and compassion. Prince and Vinaite tug at the heart in a drama that evocatively depicts their lives and a hardscrabble corner of Florida with warmth, humor, and poignancy.

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Sean Baker is the director of Take Out (2008) and Prince of Broadway (2009)—both nominated for the John Cassavetes’ Independent Spirit Award—and Starlet (2012), the recipient of the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award, as well as another Cassavetes’ nominee. Tangerine premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2015. Baker is a graduate of NYU. He is also the co-creator of the long-running American comedy series Greg the Bunny.