EXCLUSIVE: Is The Florida Project the little movie that could? After setting the Directors Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival on fire and being picked up for domestic distribution by A24 Films, director Sean Baker’s lyrical look at childhood under adversity also scored big applause at the Toronto Film Festival and opened to strong box office and critical raves last weekend on a limited break.
The film will expand this weekend and is already being touted, much as A24’s 2016 Best Picture Moonlight was when it opened in the same time frame last year, as a possible Oscar contender. With a break-your-heart performance from seven year old Brooklynn Prince, and a fine turn from Willem DaFoe as the manager of an Orlando motel where these kids live on the outskirts of Disney World, the film is sure to make noise as the season continues. Baker’s previous movie, Tangerine, was shot on an iPhone 6, but he’s graduated to gorgeous 35MM film for this one and it is one of the best looking and most colorful films of the year. Check out this exclusive featurette above on the making of The Florida Project.