The Florida Project (2017)
Find your kingdom.
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant take on childhood.
Set on a stretch of highway just outside Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai) over the course of a single summer.
The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel 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 as she and her playmates, including Jancey; a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’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.
“Sean Baker’s risky and revelatory new film, avoids the traps of condescension and prurience that ensnare too many well-meaning movies about poverty in America” – The New York Times
The Florida Project received Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.