The first official trailer for The Florida Project promises another stirring independent drama from the director of the 2015 Sundance hit, Tangerine. After following the personal life of one transgender sex worker in Hollywood, California, Sean Baker will set his sights next on exploring the hard scrabble life of the average American citizen living in the greater state of Florida.
Much like American Honey did for the Midwest in 2016, Baker’s latest original production will see fit to explore another one of the more economically impoverished regions of the Greater United States. Alongside frequent co-writer Chris Bergoch, The Florida Project will examine the life of Bobby (Willem Dafoe) and his percocious six-year-old daughter (Brooklynn Prince) during a summer vacation marked by both wonder and exasperation.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers can catch their first sneak peak behind the scenes at everything The Florida Project will have to offer. Featuring plenty of eye catching tourist attractions surrounded by the urban sprawl of a community on the decline, Dafoe spends his days desperately trying to keep his business as the manager of a rundown motel above water. Meanwhile, his daughter’s joyful innocence acts as a counterbalance to the hard life that they both have ahead of them. Check out the official theatrical poster below:
Featuring supporting turns from up-and-coming character actors like Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out) and Macon Blair (The Green Room), The Florida Project looks to be a more than worthy followup to Baker’s last big screen outing. Abandoning any hope of skirting around the edges of the script’s bleak subject matter, Baker is all set to deliver another somber tale about the inverse to an idealized American dream.
Following its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, The Florida Project went on to secure distribution with A24 – the indie studio powerhouse that has already seen the release of It Comes at Night and A Ghost Story earlier this year. Baker has a lot to live up to following the acclaim that surrounded Tangerine, so here’s to hoping for the very best from his latest theatrical endeavor.
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