NYFF 2017

‘The Florida Project’

by Chris Barsanti

2 October 2017

Photo: Marc Schmidt (IMDB) 
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The Florida Project

Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto

US theatrical: 1 Oct 2017
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Yes, much of what you read about Sean Baker’s killer movie The Florida Project (viewed at the New York Film Festival 2017) is going to concern what a knockout performance it has from the absurdly entertaining Brooklynn Prince. That sort of thing happens every few years during the awards season, and yes, that means there’s a small chance that next year we could be seeing a very nervous and giggling Prince accepting an Oscar while Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep try not to glare at her from their seats. But here’s the good news: While Prince deserves pretty much every bit of praise that will come her way over the next few months, she’s not all there is to this movie. Baker is probably one of the top five American directors working today, and The Florida Project is a testament to his talent.

The Florida Project

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