Starlet (I) (2012)
Moonee is a boisterous six-year-old who spends the days of her summer holiday hanging out with her friends Scooty and Jancey. The trio waste away their days the way we all used to, cruising the neighbourhood causing a little trouble, hanging out with other kids and basically staying out from the crack of dawn until the street lights come on. While this would have been acceptable once upon a [Continued ...]
The trio took part in Nyff Live, a nightly event held during the festival to go deep into the process of making the films highlighted across every category of the fest. Baker and Bergoch talked about stumbling upon the ‘hidden homeless’ in south Florida that inspired The Florida Project. They also discussed casting breakout star Brooklyn Prince and The Little Rascals influence throughout Baker’s films. Throughout the talk, one gets a taste for Baker’s humanism and how it drives every storytelling decision across his oeuvre. He is gifting American
Moonee and her young, out-of-work, single mom Halley (Instagram star Bria Vinaite) live week to week in the Magic Castle budget motel, run by the hardworking yet kindhearted Bobby (Willem Dafoe). It was Baker’s co-writer Chris Bergoch who brought the plight of Orlando’s hidden homeless population to Baker’s attention, and together they got to work on this film.
“I’ve always been inspired by The Little Rascals,” Baker says, referring
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Sean Baker is one of those directors. In movies like “Tangerine,” “Starlet” and his new and transporting “The Florida Project,” he tells close-to-the-bone tales of scavengers and outcasts, the desperate and the lost, and his filmmaking has a renegade glow: He takes you so close to his characters that it’s as if you’re eavesdropping. To heighten the intimacy, he shot “Tangerine,” his 2015 drama about transgender street hookers in West Hollywood, entirely on an iPhone. The result was raw, real, revolutionary (not to mention weirdly beautiful).
“It was the most appropriate medium for that film,” says Baker, sitting in a coffee shop in Greenwich Village, not far from his old digs at Nyu, where he studied film in the early ’90s. “And
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The two sparkling recruits playing those roles, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince...
Indeed, it proves a perfect tool for capturing the bizarre imitation-Disney hotels in which the film plays out, but could it be too beautiful for its own good? Baker indulges just a little too much time shooting his young hyperactive actors in off-key locations and perhaps not enough on their character development or narrative arcs.
Newcomers Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite play Moonee and Halley, respectively, a
What are the highlights of your Cannes slate?
We have two American films in Directors’ Fortnight, one is Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” and the other is Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” starring Willem Dafoe. They are both really exciting filmmakers.
[“The Florida Project”] is Sean’s sixth film; “Tangerine,” “Prince of Broadway” and “Starlet” are his most famous films, and this is the next step up if you like. It is really exciting that he has joined the Cannes fraternity because “The Florida Project” is a really accomplished piece of work.
Where “Tangerine” took place across the across the busy streets of Los Angeles, “The Florida Project” unfolds almost exclusively within the constraints of a budget motel on the outskirts of Orlando. The purple-hued Magic Castle Motel exists in Disney World’s decrepit backyard, and provides a very different sort of playground for the kids who live in its confines.
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These include Moonee (Brooklynn Prince
Congratulations on your first Cannes selection.
It feels like I’m definitely playing in a different arena. The lineup this year is so exciting for a cinephile, especially in Directors’ Fortnight. I actually feel like I’m living a weird little dream, because I’m in the same section as Abel Ferrara and Bruno Dumont — both directors who had an influence on this particular film.
“The Florida Project” is
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It’s not like the world was asking for a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic, based on the Thomas Cullinan novel about a wounded Union soldier who bewitches an entire boarding school of lonely Confederate ladies — although now that it exists, consider me intrigued. Certainly, we can expect Sofia Coppola to repair the gender balance, which is the most backwards thing about director Don Siegel’s otherwise intoxicating testosterone-fueled fantasy.
The Florida Project
It’s about time Cannes took note of one of America’s most exciting indie voices, inviting “Tangerine” director Sean Baker into the fold. Apart from a general fascination with strange contemporary subcultures, and a capacity to translate
The film will make its debut later this month at Cannes as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section, a starry berth for Baker’s follow-up to the boundary-busting (shot on an iPhone!) Indie Spirit award-winning “Tangerine.” The film is one of the few hot titles available for North American buyers at this year’s festival.
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When we spoke to Baker last year for an exclusive first look at the project, the filmmaker clarified the meaning of the film’s title, as our Chris O’Falt explained, “The film is not,
“Live Cargo” mainly follows Nadine (Dree Hemingway) and Lewis (Lakeith Stanfield) as they arrive at the unspecified Bahamian island that Nadine’s family visited in her youth. It’s there that she introduces Lewis to Roy (Robert Wisdom), the island’s mayor and stern patriarch,
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The film is not, as many believed, Sean Baker’s “Untitled Florida Project.” The official title is “The Florida Project,” and it refers to Florida’s Disney World. When Disney first started buying up land and planning Disney World, they referred to it as “The Florida Project.”
Baker joked that title confusion even spilled over to the cast and crew; toward the end of the shoot, he realized they still thought the film was untitled.
Presumedly, Disney World is in some way a backdrop to Baker’s script, which he co-wrote with Chris Bergoch (“Tangerine” and “Starlet”) and tells the story of a precocious six
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