Films

The Florida Project

The Florida Project

Synopsis

Director

Sean Baker’s follow-up to the LA street drama „Tangerine“ (PÖFF 2015) is another vivid, vital portrait of a community unseen or ignored by the rest of American society.

The subjects here are the ’hidden homeless’, families subsisting on welfare and living in Florida’s tawdry motels. Luridly painted playgrounds for the kids who run wild around the lots, these motels look like the mutant offspring of the saccharine fantasies of Disney­land, just a few blocks away.

Willem Dafoe plays motel manager Bobby, a tough but tender figure who tries to bring order to the chaotic lives of the residents. But the film’s magnetic central character is six-year-old Moonee (Brooklyn Prince), the enterprising daughter of single mom and hustler Halley (Bria Vinaite). Through her eyes, the motel is a kind of wonderland, her childhood is one long technicolour summer adventure. The saturated hues of the cinematography bring an almost fairytale quality to the story. But, it becomes clear, there is nothing magical about the precarious lives of Moonee and her mother; their desperate situation is increasingly untenable.

Wendy Ide

Sean Baker

(b. 1971) studied film in New York and worked on the cult puppet sitcom "Greg the Bunny" starring popular comic Seth Green. His real interestis social realist film and he is known for the Spirit Award nominated films "Take Out" (2004) and "Prince of Broadway" (2008). His subsequent film, the drama "Starlet" (2012), won the Robert Altman Spirit Award. In 2015, at the Sundance Festival, he premiered his fourth feature, "Tangerine", completely shot using an iPhone. "The Florida Project" was presented with huge success at the Directors’ Fortnight of the last Cannes Festival.

Filmography

  • Four Letter Words (2000)
  • Take Out (2004)
  • Prince of Broadway (2008)
  • Starlet (2012)
  • Tangerine (PÖFF 2015)
  •  The Florida Project (2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
20:00 - 21:55
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Screening code: 021003
Sold out
19.11.2017
18:30 - 20:25
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Screening code: 032002
Sold out
24.11.2017
18:30 - 20:25
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Screening code: 080802
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 115 minutes
Language: English
Director: Sean Baker
Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou
Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
DOP: Alexis Zabé
Montage: Sean Baker
Composer: Matthew Hearon-Smith
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto
Production: June Pictures
Distributor: A-One Films Estonia

Synopsis

Director

Sean Baker’s follow-up to the LA street drama „Tangerine“ (PÖFF 2015) is another vivid, vital portrait of a community unseen or ignored by the rest of American society.

The subjects here are the ’hidden homeless’, families subsisting on welfare and living in Florida’s tawdry motels. Luridly painted playgrounds for the kids who run wild around the lots, these motels look like the mutant offspring of the saccharine fantasies of Disney­land, just a few blocks away.

Willem Dafoe plays motel manager Bobby, a tough but tender figure who tries to bring order to the chaotic lives of the residents. But the film’s magnetic central character is six-year-old Moonee (Brooklyn Prince), the enterprising daughter of single mom and hustler Halley (Bria Vinaite). Through her eyes, the motel is a kind of wonderland, her childhood is one long technicolour summer adventure. The saturated hues of the cinematography bring an almost fairytale quality to the story. But, it becomes clear, there is nothing magical about the precarious lives of Moonee and her mother; their desperate situation is increasingly untenable.

Wendy Ide

Sean Baker

(b. 1971) studied film in New York and worked on the cult puppet sitcom "Greg the Bunny" starring popular comic Seth Green. His real interestis social realist film and he is known for the Spirit Award nominated films "Take Out" (2004) and "Prince of Broadway" (2008). His subsequent film, the drama "Starlet" (2012), won the Robert Altman Spirit Award. In 2015, at the Sundance Festival, he premiered his fourth feature, "Tangerine", completely shot using an iPhone. "The Florida Project" was presented with huge success at the Directors’ Fortnight of the last Cannes Festival.

Filmography

  • Four Letter Words (2000)
  • Take Out (2004)
  • Prince of Broadway (2008)
  • Starlet (2012)
  • Tangerine (PÖFF 2015)
  •  The Florida Project (2017)