Directed by: Sean Baker
Total Runtime: 115 min
Country of Origin: USA
Academy Award Nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Willem Dafoe; Movie of the Year, AFI Awards; Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle Award; Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle
“One of the best films about childhood ever made. It cuts a direct path to the heart.”
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The pair live week to week at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (an Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the ebullient Moonee has no trouble making every day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the sacrifices of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.