The Florida Project is a 2017 American slice-of-life drama film directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her delinquent single mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida, as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet, so they may keep ahead of impending homelessness. The misery and squalor of their life in Kissimmee is contrasted with nearby Walt Disney World, which can be seen at a distance in one shot.
The Florida Project premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by A24. The film was praised for Baker's directing and the performances, particularly Prince and Dafoe. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year. Dafoe earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards. Prince won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.
‘The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)
‘The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.’ Independent (UK)
AFI Awards, USA 2018 Winner AFI Award - Movie of the Year
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner EDA Award for Best Supporting Actor - Willem Dafoe and Winner of the EDA Female Focus Award - Best Breakthrough Performance
Austin Film Critics Association 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Bodil Awards 2019 Winner of the Bodil for Best American Film
CinEuphoria Awards 2019 Winner CinEuphoria for Top Ten of the Year - International Competition
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics, Online 2017 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2017 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Picture
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