The Florida Project
Since it debuted at Cannes in 2017, film critics around the globe have heaped praise on The Florida Project: from the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, “a glorious film in which warmth and compassion win out over miserabilism and irony”, to Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent, “one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years”. The setting is summertime in a luridly coloured Florida down-at-heel motel, home to a mischievious six-year-old, Moonee, and her wonderfully rag-tag group of friends. Disney World is just up the road, but the closest Moonee and her young jobless mum Halley get to the American Dream are the distant fireworks. Sean Baker’s follow-up to his award-winning Tangerine features charming performances from newbies Bria Vinaite (Halley) and Brooklynn Prince (Moonee), as well as an Oscar-worthy-turn from Willem Dafoe as the caring but gruff motel manager.
“Full of compassion and curiosity about its characters’ fragile lives, this memorable drama establishes Baker as among cinema’s most original chroniclers of childhood.” – SIGHT AND SOUND
“Impossible to take your eyes off – five stars” – THE TELEGRAPH
“Baker has the gift of seeing things from a child’s view. There is a kind of genius in that.” – THE GUARDIAN