Sean Baker put himself on the map back in 2015, when he released Tangerine, a gripping snapshot of LA shot entirely on an iPhone. We've been waiting for his follow-up, The Florida Project, ever since, and today we've been gifted with the first trailer for the film.
It looks phenomenal.
As you can see, The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe and...well, not too many other familiar faces! That said, if early reviews are any indication, newcomers Brooklyn Prince (playing precocious six-year-old Moonee) and Bria Vinaite (playing Moonee's struggling mother) are both major talents.
Here's the official plot synopsis, directly from A24:
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.
Aaaand here's the film's first poster:
The Florida Project opens on October 6th. Think it'll end up on a few top ten lists come year's end, as Tangerine did? Sound off in the comments below.