“Following his much lauded iPhone-shot Tangerine, director Sean Baker has lost none of his fire and exuberance working with a larger budget and some well-known cast members. Indeed, Willem Dafoe, as the reluctant father-figure manager at the Orlando motel where this movie is set, gives one of the best film performances of his entire career. Baker, who has a number of microbudget features under his belt, has catapulted himself into a whole new league now. (…) The first third of The Florida Project blazes forward at high-speed, in a stylised blur, with some of the best kid acting this side of Truffaut’s Pocket Money. (…) the film digs in its nails on the day-to-day struggles of poor people in America. Even those with jobs are a little skittish, like the cab driver eyeing every minute not making a fare, or the commanding and level-headed Bobby, who changes his demeanour when the motel owner is on premises. That this all takes place in the Magic Kingdom’s shadow is a metaphor upon which lesser film-makers would lean more heavily. But look out for Bria Vinaite, who Baker discovered on social media, and especially young Brooklynn Prince. This movie could never work without a performers of their calibre. Things look grim for Halley and Moonee, but we can expect a lot from the people who brought their marvellous story to light.” (Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian)

Around The World in 14 Films 2017, presented by Knut Elstermann – in attendance of director Sean Baker


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

OT: The Florida Project
Country: USA 2017
Production: June Pictures, Cre Film, Freestyle Pictures Company
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberley Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera
Format: DCP / colour
Length: 112 min.
Language: English OV / German subtitles
Distribution Germany: Prokino
Festivals: Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastián, Zurich, New York, Adelaide, Vancouver, Hamburg, London etc.
Awards: Heartland Film, Hamburg etc.