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THE FLORIDA PROJECT Directed by Sean Baker Starring: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Kimberley Prince, Bria Vinaite Halley, we’ve got a situation here, open up. The second week of the summer and there’s already been a dead fish in the pool. - Bobby We’re trying to get it back alive. - Moonee

A film about childhood innocence that has been charming audiences at Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, Zurich, New York, Edmonton, Adelaide, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Hamburg, Mumbai, before descending upon the Picturehouse Central for this year’s London Film Festival. Moonee is six years old and lives with her mom Halley (Bria Vinaite) at the Magic Castle Motel in Kissimmee, Florida, just down the road from Disneyland. The Florida Project was an early development name for Disney World. It’s the height of Summer and Moonee with her friend Scooty (Christopher Rivera) spend their days hanging out together, constantly getting into trouble and tormenting the hotel manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Halley doesn’t have a job and pays the weekly motel bill by illegally selling perfumes to tourists out of a bag. Everyone at the motel is barely making a living and evictions for prostitution or non-payment of rent are a regular occurrence. Moonee and her friends have to make their own entertainment, whether its spitting on a neighbour’s car or exploring the abandoned condo development, all the time narrating their own adventures and playing at being grown-ups. Will you marry me? - Moonee. Not right now. I’d rather not. - Scooty. In the first part of the story, Moonee, Scooty and their other friends Dicky (Aiden Malik) and Jancey (Valiera Cotto) race or skip, never walk, to a fresh discovery. They take turns to pilfer money from passers-by for ice cream which they share. If I had a pet alligator, I would name her Anne. - Moonee. 64

Profile for Brian Mills

Movies by Mills (November 2017)  

A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers. 61st London Film Festival Edition

Movies by Mills (November 2017)  

A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers. 61st London Film Festival Edition

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