The Florida Project
Due to the popularity of this film, we highly recommend buying your tickets in advance and arriving at least 45 minutes to an hour prior to showtime.
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.
Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
In consideration of the difficult subject matter illuminated in The Florida Project, Enzian is partnering with United Against Poverty in Orlando (UP). Among many other initiatives, UP also operates a member-share grocery program for low-income working families. UP accepts packaged food of any kind and has special needs for canned proteins and canned fruits. As Enzian’s mission is to be a window to the world, and also illuminate global and community challenges, we would like to ask our patrons who come to The Florida Project to consider bringing food donations as outlined above. Enzian will collect the food in our lobby throughout the run of the film and will deliver these donations to United Against Poverty in Orlando. This is by no means mandatory, but if you are so moved, we would appreciate anything that you may be able to bring. Again, thank you for your consideration in helping to support this important challenge in our community, and for your support of independent filmmaking that is making a difference.
USA, 2017, 115 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Sean Baker
“Glorious and gorgeous.”– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“**** 4 Stars (Highest Rating). A masterpiece…raw, exuberant and utterly captivating. One of the most infectious and thrillingly alive portraits of childhood I’ve ever seen.”– Justin Chang, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A film that is as hilarious and heartbreaking as it is unclassifiable. Willem Dafoe should top Oscar’s Best Supporting Actor list for his stellar work.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
“The Florida Project is sublime: a blast of life, of celebratory highs and lamentable lows, on the outer economic edges of the Sunshine State. One of Willem Dafoe’s most moving performances.”– A.A. Dowd, AV CLUB
“[A] brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching film.”– Emily Yoshida, NEW YORK MAGAZINE/VULTURE
“Brooklynn Prince is an instant tiny superstar.”– Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST