April 25May 2, 2018
April 25May 2, 2018

IFFBoston

independent film festival boston

IFFBoston Screening Series

Sep
27
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
8:00,
Brattle Theatre
  • Admission is FREE
  • Passes are required. Download and print your pass. (Adobe Acrobat┬áis required to open and print the pass.)
  • Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed. Theatre is not responsible for seating over capacity.

In his highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning TANGERINE, filmmaker Sean Baker makes a sincere but wholly unsentimental foray into a community living on the margins of American society. In the process, we encounter two of the most unforgettable characters in the cinema this year: 22-year-old Halley (Bria Vinaite), and her six-year-old daughter, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince).

Halley and Moonee live in a cheap motel near an Orlando freeway, a stone’s throw from a cartoon-inspired theme park. That park—and every piece of mythology, consumerism, and fantasy it represents—might as well be on Mars for this mother and daughter, as Halley struggles to keep menial jobs to put a $35-a-night roof over their heads and sugary cereal on the table. Although her mother grapples with impulse control and a sad bewilderment at her chaotic life, Moonee grabs every day by the tail, corralling her pals from the next motel over to explore abandoned buildings, grift ice cream, and exuberantly prank the motel staff, most notably the ever-patient Bobby (Willem Dafoe). When life takes a further downward spiral, Moonee’s defiant, no-holds-barred love for her mother defines her uncertain future.

Baker’s immersive examination of lives lived in the shadow of a fantasy world holds no clichéd, feel-good lessons about love or families. Instead, it boldly takes us to a place where momentary joys, a mother’s devotion, and a spirited girl called Moonee can find a home.

—Jane Schoettle, Toronto International Film Festival

Directed by:
Sean Baker

Starring:
Willem Dafoe
Brooklynn Prince
Bria Vinaite
Valeria Cotto

Wednesday, September 278:00Brattle Theatre40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge

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