Official Selection out of Competition | 115 min | 2017

The Florida Project

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About the Film

The latest from Sean Baker (Tangerine) is a sincere and touching, yet fundamentally unsentimental look at the lives of a mother and daughter living on the margins of American society in Orlando, Florida, aka the capital of DisneyWorld. The 22-yearold Halley (Bria Vinaite), struggles with adulthood and impulse control as her life in a downbeat $35 a day motel room careens chaotically from one drama to another, while her six-year-old daughter, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), takes every day as it comes, setting out each morning with her pals from the next motel to explore abandoned buildings, score free ice cream from random adults, and exuberantly prank the motel staff.
What is most endearing is that Moonee and her friends seem entirely untroubled by their disadvantaged situation. It is when life takes a further downward spiral, that Moonee's defiant, no-holds-barred love for her mother comes to the fore and leads to a decidedly non-Hollywood denouement.
Baker's immersive examination of lives lived in the shadow of a fantasy world holds no clichéd, feel-good lessons about love or families. Instead, it boldly takes us to a place where momentary joys, a mother's devotion, and a spirited girl called Moonee can find a home.

Film Info

Section Official Selection out of Competition
Year 2017
Length 115 min
Language English, with Arabic subtitles
Country United Kingdom

Film Credits

Director Sean Baker
Screenplay Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematography Alexis Zabe
Music Mark Weber
Editing Sean Baker
Producer Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Andrew Duncan
Production Company Freestyle Picture Company
Sound Design
Cast Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite

Film Contacts

Front Row Filmed Entertainment LLC
AL Garhoud Bldg., 3rd floor, 301. AL Garhoud 49714 .
United Arab Emirates

Directed by: Sean Baker

Sean Baker was born in Summit, New Jersey. He studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a writer and director known for the features Four Letter Words (2000), the Spirit Award nominated Take Out (2004), Prince of roadway (2008), Starlet (2012), and the groundbreaking iPhone-shot transgender comedy Tangerine (2015). The Florida Project (2017) his latest film was most warmly received at its premiere at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes.