In 2015, director Sean Baker wowed audiences with the impressive festival favorite Tangerine. He’s back this year with his new feature The Florida Project, which was well-received at the Cannes Film Festival months ago and looks to be a favorite at many upcoming fall film festivals, including the New York Film Festival.
The film is about a 6-year-old girl named Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) who live in an extended-stay motel in Orlando, run by a kind-hearted motel manger named Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Based on the trailer, the story is told through the perspective of Moonee and other children that make up the community of the motel, as well as Bobby, who keeps a father-like watchful eye on Halley and Moonee.
The footage calls to mind of course Tangerine, but also work such as last year’s American Honey as well as 2012’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Being an A24 release, it could end up as a sleeper Oscar film with some possible nominations for Dafoe and possibly even Prince – only furthering the similarities to Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
The Florida Project will have a limited release on October 6, along with its NYC premiere at the New York Film Festival. Find the trailer posted below, along with the poster.