The Florida Project
Directed by Sean Baker
USA 2017, 115'
Screenplay: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematograph: Alexis Zabe
Music: Matthew Hearon-Smith
Editing: Sean Baker
Cast: Willem Dafoe (Bobby), Brooklynn Kimberley Prince (Moonie), Bria Vinaite (Halley), Valeria Cotto (Jancey), Christopher Rivera (Scotty), Caleb Landry Jones (Jack)
Festivals, awards (selection)
Cannes 2017 – Directors Fortnight, Toronto 2017, New York 2017, Hamburg 2017
Director of indie hit Tangerine returns with a drama about life in an extended-stay motel in the Sunshine State. Featuring garish colours, child mischief and family discord, The Florida Project is a happy film about an unhappy world.
Moonee is only 6, but has one heck of a temperament. Her precocious pranks don't seem to bother her very young mother Halley. Like all the inhabitants of the candyfloss-coloured budget motel just outside Disneyland, Halley is on a shaky financial footing and thus forced to get through life by more or less respectable means, including selling stolen goods, engaging in fraud and occasional hustling.
“We’re still employing some of the guerrilla filmmaking techniques we used on Tangerine, but I had a bit more to work with this time – part of the reason we went with the more controlled, classical feel of 35mm was we were trying to tell the story through the eyes of a 6-year-old. And her world is always somewhat candy-coated, so I wanted it to have a gloss, to be rich. Digital is great, I see the benefits and beauty in both formats. But it doesn’t give you that organic quality that celluloid brings.” (Sean Baker)