Fresh from a successful premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Sean Baker’s follow up to his successful low budget indie debut Tangerine (2015) is garnering Moonlight-like Oscar attention. The Florida Project, which stars Willem Dafoe, is already being mentioned as an Academy Awards contender for next year following its acquisition by A24 last week.
The Playlist said “Sean Baker’s transcendent drama that centers on the invisible homeless living in Orlando’s tourist motel row arguably earned the best reviews of the entire festival. From an awards standpoint, it’s a given that Willem Dafoe is a Best Supporting Actor contender for his moving performance, but Baker has a shot at both Best Director and Screenplay (along with co-writer Chris Bergoch).”
Sean’s second film is about three children whose parents lived in a run down motel near the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.