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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 7This. HOTweek’s MODEL INTERVIEW: JUSTAS JESTRUMSKIS cover model comes to you from Lithuania, via his current hometown of Stockholm, thanks to the photographic skills of Photo Studio Miami.

8Wire. HOTMagazine's MODELS CALENDAR quarterly Hot Models Calendar show-

cases some very sexy men photographed by Photo Studio Miami.

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21GEMS . COVER STORY: MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL GEMS 2017 brings you the best of world cinema. We spotlight 12 of this year’s films and interview José Luis Tirado, the director of NO, A Flamenco Tale, one of GEMS’ jewels.

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19The. FEATURE: THE 2017 PINK FLAMINGO AWARDS 5th annual Pink Flamingo Awards will bring the LGBTQ


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JUSTAS JESTRUMSKIS By Michael Bustamante

his week’s cover model came to South Florida all the way from Lithuania, via his current hometown of Stockholm, Sweden for a photo shoot by Photo Studio Miami. Justas Jestrumskis is starting his career as a model and enjoys working with the best for his photo shoots. Wire Magazine sat down with Justas to learn more about him, what he enjoys doing and his dreams in the business of modeling. Check out what he had to say. Michael Bustamante: Where are you originally from and where do you live? Justas Jestrumskis: I'm originally from Klaipeda, Lithuania and I live in Stockholm, Sweden. MB: What do you do for work? JJ: I work as a barman. MB: What do you enjoy doing for fun? JJ: Playing basketball, reading books and working out. MB: Who is your role model that inspires you most? Why? JJ: I don't have a role model yet. I haven't been around this industry long enough. MB: Tell us about your workouts to stay in such great shape. JJ: I mainly go to the gym 5 times a week. There’s no secret, just keep it short and intense. I rest about 35-40 seconds between sets and usually throw in a few super sets to make it more fun and burn more fat. MB: What is the most important tip you would give someone who wants to get in shape? JJ: Have a vision and be patient with your diet and training because getting in shape is that simple. MB: What do you enjoy the most about modeling for photography? JJ: I enjoy traveling the world and being a model because I feel humbled by the opportunity and, of course, meeting new people as well different photographers. MB: What has been your favorite location for a photo shoot? JJ: My favorite location has been Miami Beach in the early morning when the sun starts rising and there’s no people around. Miami has it's own vibe that you have to experience. MB: Boxers or briefs? JJ: For everyday, I wear boxers.

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MB: What are your favorite foods? JJ: My favorite foods are simple: Lean meat, eggs, vegetables, berries and nuts. MB: What is your favorite hobby? JJ: My favorite hobby is finding new ones. MB: What is your favorite place in the world? Why? JJ: I haven't traveled the whole world, but one of my favorites is Stockholm, Sweden. People are nice, the city is great and very beautiful, and I overall love it there. MB: What is your current struggle? JJ: My current struggle is the beginning of my modeling career, but I like challenges. MB: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? JJ: I would like to thank Wire Magazine for putting me on the cover of this issue because I'm just starting my career, but I have potential, and with hard work and good management from my modeling agency SC Models, you will see me in the near future again. #38 2017 WIREMAG.COM 7


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(tru-VAH-dah) MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How To Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

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PINK FLAMINGO AWARDS he 5th annual Pink Flamingo Awards will be held on Thursday, November 2 at the James L. Knight Center. This year’s Awards will feature a Bacardi open bar cocktail reception, a threecourse dinner, live music from the Miami Big Sound Orchestra, performances by Dance Now Miami, and emceeing by celebrity comedian/actress Julie Goldman from Bravo TV.

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The Pink Flamingo Awards brings together the LGBTQ community and is also the sole, annual fundraiser for programs offered at The Hub at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. The first round of voting for the Pink Flamingo Awards is open until October 9 at pinkflamingoawards.com. This is the "writein" round where you can enter your favorites in each of the 21 categories. The second round of voting will take place October 14-26 and the winners will be announced at the 5th Annual Pink Flamingo Awards. Tickets to the 2017 Awards are $150 each and sponsorships are still available starting at $500. For further information, visit pinkflamingoawards.com or contact Lori Lynch, executive director of The Hub at the LGBT Visitor Center, at lori@gogaymiami.com or 305.397.8914. I sat down with Lori to discuss what attendees should RC: What should attendees expect at this year’s Awards? expect at this year’s Pink Flamingo Awards. LL: Expect the unexpected! We have lots of exciting changes this year, beginning with our new venue, the spectacular James L. Knight Center. Also, the Miami Big Sound Orchestra will be playing the entire show Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about this year’s live! They’ve also collaborated with me to create original musical arrangements for the opening and closing Pink Flamingo Awards and why they should attend. production numbers. Dance Now Miami will be featured in those production numbers. I’m also thrilled to Lori Lynch: First and foremost, it’s important to be welcoming back the hilarious Julie Goldman as emcee. She’s amazing and such a great fit for the event. note that the Pink Flamingo Awards is not only a celebration of community; it is the sole, annual RC: What are you most looking forward to at the 2017 Pink Flamingo Awards? fundraiser for programs offered at The Hub at the LL: Hmmm… I can’t wait to see who wins! I also can’t wait to see Julie Goldman again, hear the first blast of LGBT Visitor Center. The Hub builds strong commu- music from the horn section of the Miami Big Sound Orchestra, dance with Dance Now Miami and Miami’s nity by fostering social engagement and communi- best queens, see what everyone will be wearing, have my first opportunity to say thank you to everyone who ty wellness, offering a variety of workshops, group helps make it possible and when it’s over, sleep! activities and panel discussions under the theme of personal wellness and social engagement. The Hub RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers about the Pink Flamingo also provides essential resources for LGBTQ tourists, Awards? promoting socioeconomic development and tourism. LL: I definitely want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the fabulous sponsors and volunteers who But let’s not forget the Pink Flamingo Awards is one make this fundraising event happen. I’d also like to invite people to stop by The Hub, or give me a call anytime. of South Florida’s most fun and entertaining events! It would be my honor to tell you more about The Hub and what we do throughout the year.

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL GEMS 2017 By Rafa Carvajal

IT IS POSSIBLE AND NECESSARY FOR THINGS TO CHANGE, BUT FOR THIS TO HAPPEN, IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE FIRST CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE.

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he 3rd annual Miami Film Festival GEMS 2017 is set to take place October 12-15 at Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater. This fabulous festival is a fall extension of the annual, internationally-renowned Miami Film Festival that will celebrate its 35th edition March 9-18, 2018. If you haven’t been to GEMS, make sure you purchase tickets to watch some of its films this year. To buy tickets, visit gems2017.miamifilmfestival.com. I have attended since its inception and the films have been outstanding. Among this year’s many highlights will be the Miami premiere of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project and the U.S. premiere of Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Florida film Life and Nothing More. GEMS 2017’s opening night film (Oct. 12) will be Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name – considered one the the most critically acclaimed and Oscar-buzzed titles this year. It will be followed by the A TASTE OF ALTA ITALIA opening night party that will celebrate October’s annual nationwide Italian Heritage Month. Another must see film will be Ruben Östlund’s The Square, winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, from a jury presided over by Pedro Almodóvar. The Festival will also present a special seminar conversation titled Don’t Take Yes For An Answer, featuring Miami-Haitian filmmakers Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste speaking about their recently completed, eight-episode web series Vakabon that was 100% filmed in Miami and due for release in 2018 – a $2.5 million series born out of a winning pitch that they made to the Project Greenlight Digital Studio’s first "Get The Greenlight Digital Series" contest in early 2016. For the first time in its history, Miami Film Festival will introduce VR Escape, a Virtual Reality sidebar, throughout the Miami GEMS 2017 in partnership with MDC’s Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC). You will be able to experience four 360° videos by Angel Manuel Soto, an L.A. based Puerto Rican artist/filmmaker and Miami Film Festival 2015 alumni with his feature The Farm (La granja).

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Another great film at this year’s GEMS will be NO, A Flamenco Tale. Flamenco has a very special place in my heart given my Spanish heritage. I sat down with NO’s director José Luis Tirado to learn more about this GEMS 2017 jewel.

RC: What did you enjoy the most about directing NO, A Flamenco Tale? JLT: For me, the most enriching part is the learning process. Any project has a large component of learning, experimentation and risk. Imagining and being risky is what gives life to a project. Doing it collectively with a team that is your accomplice in the limits you want to surpass is exciting. Then, there is the perfect communication with Raúl Cantizano, the composer and, in many cases, interpreter of the music, that has flowed in a precise and fun way.

RC: What were your biggest challenges directing the film? JLT: The biggest challenge is to maintain the pulse and visual rhythm in a process that Rafa Carvajal: What is NO, A Flamenco lasts three years. In the developmental phase, script, locations, etc; during the shootTale about? ing, which lasted seven months; and in the post production and editing phases, etc., José Luis Tirado: NO, A Flamenco Tale is a which lasted another eight months. Maintaining the intensity of the project during this musical film. It is an urban and contemporary extended time has been the greatest achievement. flamenco opera. It is also a "docufiction," as it explores the hybrid and borderline terrain beRC: What would you like viewers to walk away with after watching NO, A Flamenco tween the documentary genre and fiction stoTale? ries. It is an experience of performative cinema, JLT: I would like for viewers to discover that it is possible to face difficult situations in in which what is represented actually happens. life with joy and determination. That it is possible and necessary for things to change, but for this to happen, it is necessary that we first change our attitude. The greatest RC: Tell our readers about the main actors in defeat is the defeatist spirit that comes to us from power as the only possible attitude. the film and the roles they portray. It is necessary for that reason to say, "No, we will not conform." JLT: In NO, A Flamenco Tale, the actors are flamenco dancers, flamenco singers, dancers of RC: How did you become a film director? contemporary dance, etc., who interpret their JLT: From the need to tell stories to others, and also the need for this story to be comown characters, adapted to the script. The story plex enough to mean something in our knowledge of reality. is driven by a main character, No, who plays the flamenco dancer Noemí Martínez Chico, RC: Explain the power of flamenco to people who may not fully understand this timewho is the guiding thread, the "MacGuffin" less Spanish tradition. that takes us to the different situations of the JLT: The power of flamenco basically lies in the fact that it is not necessarily a tradition, script. The flamenco singer, Rosa de Algeciras, it is a living art that transforms itself, and reinvents itself every day. Capable of quesinterprets the first antagonistic character, who tioning itself, and of dialoguing with other arts in a contemporary space. challenges our protagonist about her feelings of loneliness. Rocío Márquez interprets the inner RC: What does flamenco mean to you? voice of our protagonist. The flamenco singer, JLT: Flamenco is a language that catches you by the guts, at the same time that it Álvaro Ramírez, dedicates a few tientos and distances you so you can have an overview vision. It is a universal language which in four tango scenes in which he interacts by dancassociation with the language of cinema can be very powerful and universal. ing with Alicia Márquez, Aitor Matres, Maria Rosa Hidalgo, Ramon Martinez, Marco Vargas RC: Describe NO, A Flamenco Tale in 3 words. and Chloé Brûle. María Peña and Herminia JLT: In three words it is complicated, but I would say: "An iconoclastic musical." It can Borja lead a revealing coven, in which they stand as a headline. sing the truths of life. To the rhythm of rumba, Alicia Acuña teaches us that when everything RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers about seems to sink, life appears with its compass. NO, A Flamenco Tale or your role as the director? JLT: That if they go see our film, they will leave the room with a malicious smile on their faces; and then they will have no remedy: they will be accomplices of those of us that wish a better world for all. For more information visit our website: joseluistirado. es/p-e-l-í-c-u-l-a-s/no-un-cuento-flamenco. 22 WIREMAG.COM #38 2017


SPOTLIGHT FILMS: 12 OF THE BEST MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL GEMS 2017 FILMS Photos provided by Miami Film Festival GEMS

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (France, Italy, 2017) Director: Luca Guadagnino In English, French, German, Italian, with English subtitles GEMS Synopsis: Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) makes splashy, sensual films brimming with big emotions, but the foundation of his work is a rare tenderness. In 1983 in the Lombardy countryside, an antiquities academic, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg, who could earn an Oscar for this role), invites a young American Jewish scholar named Oliver (Armie Hammer) to stay with his family at their 17th century palazzo, and assist him with a summer research project. To the Professor’s dismay, his restless adolescent son Elio (Timothée Chalamet) soon falls under a spell of fascination with the gregarious, extroverted American. As Elio shows Oliver the natural delights of an Italian summer with nearby Swiss and French influences, exquisite dreams begin to take flight before our eyes – and those of Elio’s watchful father and mother, Annella. Call Me By Your Name, adapted by the legendary James Ivory from a novel by André Aciman, is swooning and alive – a new masterpiece. Sufjan Stevens contributes original new songs that add immeasurably to the film’s heart-fluttering texture, and the film also does for peaches what I Am Love did for prawns! – Jaie Laplante CAN’T SAY GOODBYE (Spain, 2017) Director: Lino Escalera In Catalan, Spanish, with English subtitles GEMS Synopsis: Balancing a barrage of unruly feelings with an air of philosophical wisdom, Spanish director Lino Escalera’s feature debut, winner of four awards at this year’s Málaga Film Festival, is an emotionally searing portrait of familial strife. José Luis (Juan Diego) is dying. His daughter Carla (Nathalie Poza), a bored executive who self-medicates with booze, cocaine and male attention, insists her father keep fighting the grim reaper. His daughter Blanca (Lola Dueñas), an aspiring actress, is willing to submit José Luis to palliative care and let him go gently into that good night. These conflicting attitudes lay bare the sisters’ divergent coping mechanisms and teach them a great deal about their own fraught lives. Watch this intense, smart, tender drama – and you might learn something too. – Jaie Laplante

ERIC CLAPTON: A LIFE IN 12 BARS (U.S., 2017) Director: Lili Fini Zanuck In English GEMS Synopsis: For over five decades, Eric Clapton has been creating rock music deeply influenced by the blues. This documentary traces the guitar virtuoso’s career through the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos and his solo years, telling the stories behind hits like "For Your Love," "Layla," and "Tears in Heaven." Clapton struggled with the demands of the music business, tumultuous love affairs, drug addiction and the tragic loss of his young son. Featuring a candid interview with Clapton and drawing from an extensive archive of performances and home movies, Life in 12 Bars traces how Clapton coped with these challenges. We come away with a deeper sense of what has inspired so much memorable music. – Thom Powers #38 2017 WIREMAG.COM 23


FACES PLACES (France, 2017) Director: Agnès Varda, JR In French, with English subtitles GEMS Synopsis: Agnès Varda may now be one of our oldest filmmakers, but her work possesses a youthful vivacity unparalleled among her peers of any age. Her latest documentary, co-directed with the mysterious French street artist known only as JR, is inquisitive and playful. The filmmakers board JR’s photo-truck – painted to resemble a giant camera – and travel from village to village, where they meet locals, talk to them about their lives and create immense portraits of them, which are mounted on buildings throughout their communities. Not unlike Varda’s first film, La Pointe Courte, Faces Places pays homage to the vibrancy, diversity and dignity of life beyond the urban centers that typically dominate the big screen. Vive la différence! – Jaie Laplante IN THE FADE (Germany, 2017) Director: Fatih Akin In German, with English subtitles GEMS Synopsis: Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) boldly navigates the confluence of cultures that comprises contemporary Europe. This new tale of terror and vengeance is just as brilliant as Akin’s previous films – and much more bracing. Katja (Inglorious Basterds’ Diane Kruger) experiences the unthinkable: her husband, a legal advisor to Germany’s Turkish and Kurdish communities, and her young son are killed in a Neo-Nazi terrorist bombing. As In the Fade draws us ever-deeper into the myriad ways that the legal system fails Katja, our heartbroken heroine takes justice into her own hands. Akin tackles the boggling complexities of modern violence with intelligence and focus. Kruger, meanwhile, is an actress of astonishing emotional dexterity, and In the Fade pushes her – and her character – to new limits. – Jaie Laplante

LIFE & NOTHING MORE (Spain, U.S., 2017) Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza In English GEMS Synopsis: Still in the prime of her life, Regina works long hours at a Tallahassee fast-food stop, barely earning enough to scrape by and feed her two children – Andrew, an emotionally cagey adolescent, and her young daughter. When a charismatic stranger shows interest, Regina isn’t sure she can muster enough trust to let him into her fraught life – and Andrew’s ongoing confrontations with authorities don’t help matters. With smoldering resentment at his incarcerated father and dealing with a mother nearing the end of her fraying tether, Andrew is more at risk than he realizes. Dividing its attention – and compassion – evenly between Andrew and Regina, Life and Nothing More is an invigorating work of modern neorealism set on the fringes of urban Florida. Spanish writer/director Antonio Méndez Esparza displays an astonishing grasp of the conundrum of race, family and justice that suffuse our contemporary America. Life and Nothing More is essential cinema for our present moment. – Jaie Laplante MY FRIEND DAHMER (U.S., 2017) Director: Marc Meyers In English

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GEMS Synopsis: There’s something different about Ohio high school student Jeff Dahmer. To get through the days, Jeff plays the class clown, feigning spastic fits to attract attention. After school, he retreats to his makeshift lab, where he dissolves roadkill in jars of acid. No one could foresee what he would become… Based on the graphic novel by John Backderf – one of Dahmer’s former classmates – My Friend Dahmer is a grim origin story. Anchored by former Disney star Ross Lynch’s chilling lead performance, this is a terrifying, surprisingly empathetic look into one troubled teen’s descent into madness. Jeffrey Dahmer would later become one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. But here, he’s simply known as "Dahmer" – a not-so-regular high school student. – Lauren Cohen


THE LEISURE SEEKER (U.S., 2017) Director: Paolo Virzì In English

NO, A FLAMENCO TALE (Spain, 2016) Director: José Luis Tirado In Spanish, with English subtitles

GEMS Synopsis: The Leisure Seeker stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. All ticket sales from this screening will be donated to United Way of the Florida Keys to aide in the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.

THE WORKSHOP (France, 2017) GEMS Synopsis: A beguiling fusion of thrilling cinema and passionate Director: Laurent Cantet music, NO, A Flamenco Tale sweeps us off to a land where the joys In French, with English subtitles and hardships of life are expressed in breathtaking spectacle and song. Clapping hands, stamping feet, stirring singing, intricate guitar and ar- GEMS Synopsis: Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning The Class was resting dance: flamenco is a tradition of bold, soul-piercing gestures. a profound examination of contemporary education in all its social and Spanish director José Luis Tirado matches these gestures with a loose pedagogical complexities. Set in a summer creative writing workshop, story about No, a dancer who works at a small venue in Seville’s Triana Cantet’s new film, The Workshop, veers into a very different, very inMarket. At times No feels alienated by the world she inhabits, yet she triguing direction. Presided over by a published crime novelist, the workfinds communion in sundry public spaces where her dance provokes shop’s objective is to have its working-class, mixed race, adolescent parreactions from fellow citizens. Let NO take hold of your senses – and you ticipants collectively compose a novel set in their coastal French town. Reaching consensus proves difficult, and Antoine, the most outspoken, too will be provoked, inspired and moved. – Jaie Laplante contentious participant begins to dominate – and destabilize – the proceedings. Under Cantet’s steely focus, The Workshop seamlessly shifts SUMMER 1993 from a film in which people discuss a thriller to a film that is itself a fierce(Spain, 2017) ly intelligent thriller, grounded in the fraught socio-political landscape Director: Carla Simón these kids are inheriting. – Jaie Laplante In Catalan, with English subtitles GEMS Synopsis: Winner of the Best First Feature Award in Berlin, Spanish writer/director Carla Simón’s autobiographical coming-of-age tale is delicate, transporting and, in its confident, unassuming way, profoundly moving. Sublimely embodied by little Laia Artigas – whose arresting presence at times recalls the young Ana Torent – six-year-old Frida is sent from Barcelona to her aunt and uncle’s home in the Catalán countryside. Frida has lost both her parents, and though her new family is welcoming, her new surroundings overturn her inchoate understanding of the world. In its steady accumulation of precise, evocative moments – a child’s upturned face lit by fireworks; two girls sharing a bath and learning to hold their breath – Summer 1993 renders a time of tumultuous transition with grace and wonder. – Jaie Laplante THE FLORIDA PROJECT (U.S., 2017) Director: Sean Baker In English GEMS Synopsis: Following his micro-budget break-out Tangerine, Sean Baker cements his status as one of our freshest and most vital filmmakers with The Florida Project, pure film of the highest order; it reminds us that even in the direst circumstances life will always yield small yet unforgettable joys. Set in Orlando, this freewheeling film, like its predecessor, offers a big-hearted portrait of America’s marginalized. This time around Baker’s subjects are 22-year old Halley and her six-year-old daughter Moonee. The pair resides in a cheap motel tucked near a freeway and a theme park. Halley struggles to pay for cereal and shelter, while Moonee doesn’t let a little thing like destitution prevent her from exploring her surroundings or playing jokes on a motel staff-member (beautifully depicted by Willem Dafoe). Warm, winning and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. #38 2017 WIREMAG.COM 25


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