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FILM OPENS: October 27, 2017

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Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best 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
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:52:00
  • imdb Score: 7.9/10 (10,465 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R
  • Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto
"It’s that honesty that makes THE FLORIDA PROJECT so powerful. This is a remarkable film, one of the best of the year."
Brian Tallerico - ROGEREBERT.COM

"THE FLORIDA PROJECT won’t let us look away. Nor, given its brilliance, would we want to. Instead, we laugh, we watch silently, and we’re challenged to stop simplifying people's lives so we can offer easy theoretical answers."
Alissa Wilkinson - VOX

"This is a near-perfect film, and a heightening in every way of everything that was great about Baker’s last movie ("Tangerine")."


BAFTA Nominee 2018
Best Supporting Actor

Critics' Choice Awards 2018
Best Picture, Young Actress and Supporting Actor

Gotham Awards Winners Nominee 2017
Best Actor, Breakthrough Actor and Best Feature

Heartland Film Festival 2017
Truly Moving Picture Award - Director, Producer & Distributor

Hamburg Film Festival 2017
Critics Award

AFI Awards 2018
Movie of the Year

Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival 2017
Cinema Vanguard Award - Willem Dafoe

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2017
Best Director and Best Supporting Actor

National Board of Review, USA 2017
Best Supporting Actor - Willem Dafoe

Black Film Critics Circle Awards 2017
Best Supporting Actor

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2017
Best Supporting Actor

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017
Best Supporting Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll 2017
Best Supporting Actor

and more...


Cannes Film Festival 2017

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2017

Donostia-San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival 2017

Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2017

Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2017

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2017

Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

Hamburg Film Festival 2017

New York Film Festival 2017

Adelaide Film Festival 2017

Aspen Film Festival 2017

Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

And many more ...