The Florida Project

Showed at Images 12/8/2017–12/14/2017

Starring: Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe

Nominated for three 2017 Gotham Awards: Best Feature, Best Actor (Willem Dafoe) and Breakthrough Actor (Brooklynn Prince)

Award-winning director Sean Baker's follow-up to his masterful Tangerine again casts a non-judgmental, empathetic eye on underrepresented aspects of American culture, this time on a bold six-year-old who lives in a budget motel in Florida.

Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) 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
  • Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“This movie accomplishes something almost miraculous — two things, actually. It casts a spell and tells the truth.”

– New York Times