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FLiCX: The Florida Project

Friday, October 20, 2017,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Sean Baker USA 2017 115 min. DCP

Post-screening "film club" discussion in the Jackson Education & Engagement space on the second floor of the Belcourt.

Participants who commit to checking in with the FLiCX administrator by no later than 7:45pm, and to making an effort to attend the discussion, may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the Dean of Students office. 

Since seating is limited, we must remind participants of the following:

  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

Warm, winning and gloriously alive, The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood directed by Sean Baker (Tangerine). Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World,The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince, in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.  

“…Further cements Baker’s status as one of the most innovative American directors working today, but he’s also an essential advocate for the stories this country often doesn’t get to see.” —Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching. . . . his is a near-perfect film, and a heightening in every way of everything that was great about Baker’s last movie. The freshness of the future, indeed.” —Emily Yoshida, Vulture