After the premiere of Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird, you can now watch Sean Baker’s The Florida Project in Manila this month!
The critically-acclaimed film tells the story 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) who live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), “whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.”
Baker shot the film in a documentary style at the Magic Castle motel in Kissimmee, using mostly new actors and passing tourists as extras because he “wanted a real environment and I wanted the community to be involved.” He even required that the child stars also came from Florida.
In an interview with Agence France-Presse, the 46-year-old director first wanted to cast Britney Spears as Halley, but he realized that the idea of someone rich and popular playing a role of a mother trapped in poverty began to “feel weird.”
Sean Baker is known for his 2015 film Tangerine (which was shot on iPhone 5s!), a story that follows a transgender sex worker who discovers her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her.
The Florida Project was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 best movies of 2017. Sean Baker and Willem Dafoe also took home the Best Director and Best Supporting Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Watch The Florida Project on April 13, 7pm, at University of the Philippines Cine Adarna. Tickets are at P200 (regular price) and P180 (for students).