Beautiful Official Trailer for Sean Baker's Excellent 'The Florida Project'

August 14, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Florida Project Trailer

"Thank you very much!" "You're not welcome!" A24 has debuted the first official trailer for the outstanding indie film The Florida Project, the latest feature from Tangerine director Sean Baker. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year to rave reviews - read mine here. The film tells the story of Halley, played by Bria Vinaite, and her daughter Moonee, played by Brooklynn Prince. They live at The Magic Castle, a motel in Orlando just in the backyard of Disneyland. Moonee and her friends run around causing all kinds of trouble and it's such a delight to watch them. Willem Dafoe also stars in one of his best performances of his career, and I really mean that. This film is really something special, and you can see why with this trailer - which captures the magic and charm of this beautiful film just perfectly. One of the year's best indie gems.

Here's the official trailer (+ new poster) for Sean Baker's The Florida Project, from A24's YouTube:

The Florida Project Poster

I wrote in my review that The Florida Project is "full of life and honest emotion, and can teach us plenty…"

The story of a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure, while the adults around them struggle with hard times. The Florida Project is directed by acclaimed American, indie filmmaker Sean Baker, of the films Four Letter Words, Starlet, Prince of Broadway, Take Out, and Tangerine previously. (Follow him on Twitter @Lilfilm.) The screenplay is written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar (read our glowing review). A24 will release Sean Baker's The Florida Project in theaters starting on October 6th this fall. It's one of the best films this year.

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  • Made me tear up a bit for some reason that trailer. Look forward to seeing it.
    Dafoe's performance does look spectacular but the kids...not so much.
    • Ohhh the kids are great, don't worry. They're so much fun.
      • DAVIDPD
        Yeah, they just sound really fake. Kind of reminded me of the JUNO teenagers dialogue.
        • How many kids do you have David? I have 4. That's what they sound like.
          • DAVIDPD
            I am around little kids cos of my work, none of them sound like that...maybe you are raising some nice little future Ivy Leaguers. Good work, Q.
  • shiboleth
    Oh come on, that looks good. Dafoe is particularly doing great job here. Or at least it looks that way ...
  • Bo
    Gawd. It looks gooey it's almost chewy...and nothing close to resembling real life...just childish fantasy...and hanging that curtain of pretense in front of the brutal truth of childhood and life in general. It's just opium for the masses lying to them about real life. Also, the kid actors acting is horrible.
    • Nethanel DeCarmo
      I feel like you are trolling. That is a deep reading into a trailer.
      • Bo
        Really? It's an informed and intelligent rendering of my observation of this trailer which seems very obvious to me. If one cannot see the overt manipulation and maudlin and sentimental nature of the trailer then that's on them. I sense a lot of people use this 'trolling' accusation whenever someone posts an opinion and observation that differs from their own. Why this intimidates people is of interest to me as it seems to be an immature, insecure and unsophisticated reaction to a differing opinion. I've worked in film for 45 years so my observations are backed by experience and just plain hard work on many different kinds of movies. I've had many a heated discussion with a lot of very well known directors and writers that are very enjoyable. Perhaps one need to cultivate some awareness and knowledge and sophistication to get out of this 'trolling' accusation. It's unbecoming. Cheers.
        • Nethanel DeCarmo
          People do troll, you know? I literally couldn't tell you if you were for real about the film being "opium" that is "lying" to audiences. I don't think people are intimidated with your response, they just don't agree with an opinion. That's all.
          • Bo
            Thanks for your reply, Nethanel. I appreciate communicating with you in this manner. I don't even know what trolling really means as I see the wild accusations of it flying around all the time...and like I said, usually when someone is personally hurt by someone disagreeing with them. I meant what I said and stand by it. There are many movies I deem opium for the masses...feel good movies...soppy, maudlin, sentimental movies that simply do not render life truthfully but offer fantasies to numb people. I have no thoughts or care about if people are intimidated by my opinions. They sure seem to a lot, and with anger, and take differences of opinion way too personally. I used to have knock down drag out fights about Rocky, which I people who like that kind of fantasy, soppy falsification of life. So be it. I don't care if you like something I hate or you hate something I like. I'm secure in my perceptions and will take them over anyone else's any day of the week. I do like a great debate and discussion involving films though. As long as it's mature and intelligent. Those are hard discussions to have these days as people simply are not as well versed and sophisticated about films like they used to be. Cheers...and take care.
    • Wow! Once again I'm confounded by you, Mr. Enigma. And I politely disagree. What you deem as a curtain of pretense, could be reality to another. Everyone looks at life through a different lens. Films (to me) are the filmmakers take on what they see through THEIR lens. This film seems to be focusing on children and their innocence in the face of less than ideal situation (and in GOD AWFUL FLORIDA). Yes, the scenario is a bit stereotypical (single stripper mom living in a hotel with child) but with most films these days, when ISN'T it a stereotypical scenario? Same scenario's with different players. And trust me, in most cases I feel like my intuition is spot on regarding spotting a dud via the trailer. I don't get that vibe with this one. I also liked the "guerrilla style" film technique, like the director is simply observing human interaction from over the shoulder and far away angles and we're witness to it. A bit more raw and real than traditional framing and panning. And honestly, I think a little sweetness is necessary in the world these days. I for one enjoy the escape and sensibilities occasionally. But I anticipate you're staunch in your stance, which is completely allowed. Ha! Just giving my 2 cents =) Take care Enigma!
      • Bo
        Thanks for your intelligent and 'respectful' reply and disagreement, appreciate it. I shall not continue to make my stance as it remains the same as you anticipated. Let's just say we draw the line as what's believable and acceptable differenty, eh? the stereotypical mother, etc. I am unable to abide such the bad acting by amateurs disallows my ability to successfully suspend my disbelief because it's right in front of my face that they are acting and doing so badly at that within contrived circumstances. But hey, it's cool. I appreciate your intelligent and well articulated points of views...I simply disagree with them. I hope when you see this movie you enjoy the experience. Peace.
        • @disqus_yyq0lnHEEt:disqus , curious what your thoughts are on Blow Up? Just watched it the other night.
          • Bo
            I've tried to answer your questions regarding my thoughts on the above mentioned movie, Raw and have been rejected 3 times by the big brother over lord on this site. I am bummed as there are no 'trigger' words and the 3rd try I just tried to send a link to you. It was a review and article by Roger Ebert on the movie which pretty much sums up my thoughts. Google it as maybe the link is the problem. Heck if I know but this is really ridiculous. I didn't mention the movie name this time thinking that could be it, but you mentioned
          • Bo
            It's the link thing that is causing the non approval. How weird is that. I loved the movie, Raw. There simply do not make them like that anymore and there is no one lie Antonioni making films anymore. It's a strange, but unique film and my favorite by Antonioni. If you simply google 'reviews of movie Blow Up' the first hit is going to be Ebert's review article I mentioned that is just excellent and I couldn't say it any better than he does so why bother? also am interested in what you thought of the movie having watched it the first time the other night. Let me know. I'd be curious know what you thought before you read the Ebert thing and then your thoughts after. this was a lot of work. I guess for some reason Alex here doesn't like people to send other links to each other here. Strange.
          • Well, it was a swinging sixties film, that's for sure. For didn't translate. Especially the ending with the mimes on the tennis courts. Maybe it's too cerebral or subversive for my taste? I liked the cinematography, however, overall it felt quite boring. I didn't care about this photographer and his supposed discovery. And in the end, it didn't amount to much anyway. Kind of felt like a waste of time.
          • Bo
  'm laughing as I just finished reading your reply and thoughts on Blow Up and thought...okay...I understand that it is too cerebral and/or subversive for your taste as it certainly is both of those. It was a comment on the swinging '60's rather than of the swinging '60's would be my take. Myself, the mimes on the tennis court was really the whole point of the film...there is no ball...there is no photographer...there is no body...there is no girl as she disappears waking across the street...and there is no him as he disappears while walking away from the mimes. We're all ghosts that take ourselves and everything way too seriously. I don't know. It's a unique film and caused a lot of very enjoyable discussion back in the day. Viewing it now in the climate of today's world and today's films...I don't know...I watched it myself several months ago and still found it one of the great films. Thanks for engaging me in a conversation about films as worthy of discussion as this one is, Raw. I really do appreciate I worked my butt off trying to reply to you while continuing to get 'dis' approved because of my link sending which obviously is a no-no for some reason. Cheers, man!
          • I figured there was an underlying deeper "meaning". I just wasn't compelled to try and explore them. But what you said makes perfect sense.
          • Bo
            Good to hear my thoughts had a positive effect on you, Raw. It's not a movie for everyone and is perfectly acceptable for one not to like. I'm not a big fan of Antonioni, but did like this one of his. Oh look! Below are the deleted unapproved replies from me to you giving you that link. I guess Alex read my plea for the why's and decided to put it all through. Click the link, Raw. Ebert wrote a very good article and review that covers the whole Blow Up perspective very, very intelligently. If nothing else, the article about the movie is good even if one doesn't like the you take the time and effort to read it. Cheers!
          • Well, that explains a lot! Lol. I'm usually pretty good at appreciating classic films for the periods they were filmed in, yet this one eluded me. I used to be into more artistic and free films, like Jodorowsky and Bergman. I don't know if it's my age, my life currently or what, but I just don't feel compelled by these types of films anymore. I guess like your palate, your film tastes also mature/change with life.
          • Bo
            Well, I haven't seen a Bergman film in many an age, but I sure did like most of his work. Especially the early black and white stuff. The Seventh Seal is hard to beat, but I know what you mean. I'm 71 and started digging those kinds of movies back in the late '60's. I've no clue to your age, Raw. Jodorowsky was always a bit wacky to me, but El Topo was such a 'thing' when it came out I had to see it. Strange film, but seemed to fit in with the times as far as the films and the music that was exploding into the culture then. Those were exciting days for films, both here and foreign...but things have certainly changed. As you know about me, there's not much out there I like these days. Ever so often, though. Like Elle and The Drop with Hardy. I still feel that The Drop is one of the best films in the last several years. I really, really like that movie. Okay, bud. Drop me your age if you feel like it so I get a better idea of who you
          • When I mentioned Bergman, the Seventh Seal was exactly what I had in mind. And El Topo and Sante Sangre were the Jodorowksy films I appreciated. I tried Holy Mountain, but it was too all over the place for me to get into it. Idk if you've ever seen this, but if you liked The Drop, you should check out The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. Fantastic performances and pretty interesting story as well. I'm 36 =)
          • Bo
            Ah...36...excellent age. Young though...very do like your awareness and confidence with regard to your opinions on films and the stating of them. So...yea, sure. I remember The Salton Sea from like 15 yrs. ago, but I can't go to one of my favorite of all time thing, Raw. Really? It also, for me, comes no where near The Drop and the actors Hardy and Rapace and Schoenaerts. I just remember kind of liking it, thinking it a bit unique and wacky, but also, the director...D.J. Caruso I believe, is just an okay kind of director, but not the director that the foreign guy who did The Drop is. Just my opinion. Cheers!
          • Lol! While in college I was fortunate to work at many video store chains, and I "self-educated" myself in many obscure and foreign films. I'm a sucker for noir type flicks and the Salton Sea checked that box for me. Unfortunately you're completely right that D.J. Caruso hasn't really capped that crowning achievement since then, but I applaud his effort none-the-less. And I enjoyed The Drop too. Very intense movie.
          • Bo
            Hey, Raw! Great job to have in college working in a video store. The Salton Sea somehow makes me remember a film titled Two Days In The Valley that I think I remember liking better. Are they even similar or is it just my weird memory? And yes, The Drop is intense. I like that actor who played the cop, John Ortiz. He has a great line at the end of the movie where he says to Hardy...'and no one sees Bob they Bob'?, no they don't as Schonanerts' character certainly didn't...great flick! Very heavy existential stuff with a pretty dark narration of only a tiny amount. What can I say? It's one of my favorite films of the last several years...decade?
  • I love these small indie films. Little slices of life, with all it's scrapes and bumps to boot. Those kids look wonderful. Just like a kid, they're overly-enthusiastic about stuff, intensely dramatic, and yet untainted by the troubles of adults.
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  • The tone, story, and score are all strongly reminiscent of 'Beasts of The Southern Wild'. But that's a very good thing! Anyone else get that kind of vibe?
    • Brandon Cole
      Just a little ha because it a child is in the lead role ha. Beasts is one of my favorite film!
  • Brandon Cole
    Looks really entertaining. Tangerine was really good, do he shoot this on a iphone as well?
  • Cinematography looks amazing and this pulled at my heart strings a bit...Idk if I can hack it. The little girl was adorable though...
  • Bo
    Alex of the site owner was wondering if you could explain why I've been disapproved below three times attempting to answer a question from Raw regarding my thoughts on the film Blow Up. It seems my attempting to include a link for him of a Roger Ebert review and article on the film was the reason your site automatically disapproved of my attempts to answer and help Raw on his newly viewing experience of Blow Up. Is there some no-no with sending links in this manner and if so why? I'm just curious and hope you get this and feel okay with an explanation. Thanks, Alex. Peace.




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