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Friday
May 26 2017

Sean Baker's "The Florida Project"Rocks Cannes

Chrishere.For films outside of the main competition,this year has been an unusually quiet Cannes.One film that has stuck out and stirred our immediate anticipation is Sean Baker'sThe Florida Projectin the Director's Fortnight sidebar,as unanimously praised as anything on the Croisette thus far.Baker returns to 35MM after his iPhone experiment for a hopeful portrayal of a youth and poverty with Disney World in the background.Word is he has delivered something gorgeous and heartbreaking,with major breakthrough performances from Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite.Whether or notFloridatakes Baker to the next level stateside,I'd bank on his chances to enter the main competition should he return to Cannes for his next feature.

As if anything from Baker post-Tangerinewouldn't already have us foaming at the mouth,the high praise and comparisons to the likes ofBeasts of the Southern Wildare making this one we'll be really dying to see once it comes stateside.

So why has it not attracted a distributor since debuting a few days ago?With all of the rave reviews,you would think a indie outfit would want to snatch this one up while Baker's star is on the rise.Some are whispering at Oscar potential because of its emotional impact and strong vision,but the film needs a buyer to really support it first.Even though critics are calling it as joyful as it is tragic,are buyers just scared off by an apparently unflinching look at poverty?Do we have to send Sin-Dee out to drag their asses to the buyer's table?

UPDATE- A24 has picked up the film for US distribution.

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An "all-time Willem Dafoe"performance is really saying something.I'm excited for this ...if it ever gets picked up.

May 26,2017 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Tangerine and Starlet are exceptional,didn't even know he had another feature ready.I suppose I'm one of the few who really did not like Beasts of the Southern Wild or its central performance,but I'll still take it.

May 26,2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlo

Cash - right??

Really hope this hits theaters,I'm jonesing to see it.

May 26,2017 | Unregistered Commenterlylee

It's been picked up now:

http://variety.com/2017/film/markets-festivals/sean-baker-cannes-1202445906/

May 26,2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

From what I read (and only that),this seems to be the best reviewed movie in Cannes.

May 27,2017 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

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