Acclaimed by critics as one of the best films of the year, The Florida Project will surely be in the running for several Oscars, and the industry is predicting success similar to last year's Moonlight, which was also produced by A24. Moonee is six years old and has a sly smile; she spends her days outsider her home with a bunch of friends-home in her case being the Magic Castle Motel, which, from the outside at least, looks like a fairy-tale palace. However, inside the rooms-rented by the hour-you're unlikely to find any princesses. Instead, it's home to various oddballs, lifelong losers and cleaning ladies earning the minimum wage. Despite the circumstances, Moonee spends her time like an explorer out of an adventure novel, traversing the surrounding wasteland as if it were a thick jungle and coming up with various other ways to pass the time with her friends. Unaware of the increasingly risky steps that her mother has to take to pay the rent for another week, Moonee seems like the happiest child in the world, as if she were drawing energy from Disneyland itself, visible on the horizon nearby.
Heartland Film 2017 – Truly Moving Picture Award 2017
Originally from Summit, New Jersey, Sean Baker studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. His films have been shown at numerous American and international festivals, including SXSW, Sundance and Cannes. His film, Tangerine, was filmed entirely with an iPhone. He has won more than 30 awards and distinctions, including an Independent Spirit Award, as well as awards at the festivals in Karlovy Vary and Locarno.
2000 Four Letter Words
2004 Take Out (co-dir. Shih-Ching Tsou)
2008 Prince of Broadway
2012 Gwiazdeczka / Starlet
2015 Mandarynka / Tangerine
2017 The Florida Project