Orlando, Florida. Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) is only 6, but has one heck of a temperament. Her precocious pranks don't seem to bother her very young mother Halley (Bria Vinaite). Like all the inhabitants of the Magic Castle motel, Halley is on a shaky financial footing and thus forced to get through life by more or less respectable means. She's supported by the motel manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe) who has a big heart and is always trying to bring order to the chaos of her life. The Florida Project is a happy film about an unhappy world – with an excellent Willem Dafoe in the leading role.
"Baker's The Florida Project is heartbreaking, but it’s also funny, visually stunning, and beautifully direct in its microscopic focus on one young girl whose sun-drenched, fantastical days in the shadows of Orlando’s Disney World are slowly consumed by the rot of poverty and despair. Anyone who has seen Baker’s previous work, the iPhone-shot tour-de-force that was Tangerine, knows his gift lies in letting his actors (the majority of them first-timers who’ve never stood before a camera) take over the story and then stepping back, letting his leads roam through their worlds."
Luisa Rollenhagen, GQ.com