The Florida Project
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.. The Florida Project is a 2017 American slice-of-life drama film directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her delinquent single mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida, as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet, so they may keep ahead of impending homelessness. The misery and squalor of their life in Kissimmee is contrasted with nearby Walt Disney World, which can be seen at a distance in one shot. The Florida Project premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by A24. The film was praised for Baker's directing and the performances, particularly Prince and Dafoe. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year. Dafoe earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards. Prince won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.
Critic Reviews‘The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.’ Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.’ Independent (UK)
AwardsAFI Awards, USA 2018 Winner AFI Award - Movie of the Year Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner EDA Award for Best Supporting Actor - Willem Dafoe and Winner of the EDA Female Focus Award - Best Breakthrough Performance Austin Film Critics Association 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor Bodil Awards 2019 Winner of the Bodil for Best American Film CinEuphoria Awards 2019 Winner CinEuphoria for Top Ten of the Year - International Competition Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor New York Film Critics, Online 2017 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Film San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2017 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Picture
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'A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.' Film Comment Magazine
'It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar' Empire Magazine
'Firth's portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford's balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.' Time Out Magazine
'Colin, darling, you were fabulous, completely on trend. Plot? So last season, it's nowhere to be seen - we're all about character, emotion and cheekbones, sweetie.' Film 4
'The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.' Times UK
BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner of a BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actor
AFI Awards, USA 2010 Winner of theAFI Award for Movie of the Year
Austin Film Critics Association 2009 Winner AFCA Award winner Best Actor - Colin Firth
CinEuphoria Awards 2011 Winner of CinEuphoria award for best Actor - Audience Award - Colin Firth
Winner of the Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award Best Trailer - International Competition Best Actor - International Competition - Colin Firth Top Ten of the Year - International Competition - Tom Ford Best Original Music - International Competition - Abel Korzeniowski
GLAAD Media Awards 2010 Winner of theGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release
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‘Gleeson, Thompson and Brhl give strong performances and this is a well-carpentered film.’ Guardian
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‘A well-made Euro pudding, Alone In Berlin, like The Book Thief, can't find the depths, darkness or daring to stand out.’ Empire Magazine
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The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. It was released in the United States on October 21, 2016 by A24, receiving positive reviews and grossing over $65 million worldwide.
Moonlight is cited as one of the best films of the 21st century. The film won several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney from a total of eight nominations. It became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ-related film, and the second-lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Joi McMillon became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.
‘You won't find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins's Moonlight.’ Independent (UK)
‘Jenkins' authorial voice is resounding and strong and his determination admirable.; Little White Lies
‘Moonlight is at its most eloquent when its subtext is soft-spoken.’ Sight and Sound
Academy Awards, USA 2017 Winner of the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year (Dede Gardner became the first woman to win Best Picture twice.) Academy Awards, USA 2017 Winner of the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globes, USA 2017 Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 Winner of the best Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2016 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Best Picture, Winner of Best Director, Winner of Best Supporting Actor, Winner of Best Breakout Performance
Atlantic Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Award for People's Choice Award
Austin Film Critics Association 2020 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Movie of the Decade
Austin Film Critics Association 2016 Winner off the AFCA Award for Best Film, Winner of Best Director, Winner of Best Supporting Actor, Winner of Best Original Screenplay, Winner of Special Honorary Award
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Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney expressed his compliments on The New Girlfriend: "a delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense." At Variety, Justin Chang said "even as he (Ozon) heads down any number of tantalizing if borderline-nonsensical alleyways, Ozon maintains his diabolical wit, his infectious sense of play and his essential affection for his characters" and the film was "powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anaïs Demoustier and Romain Duris"
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'"The New Girlfriend" never pretends to be more than what it is, a delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson.' New York Times
'In Ozon's confident hands, "The New Girlfriend" has moments that juxtapose gentle humor and surprising depth of feeling.' Washinton Post
'In The New Girlfriend, viewers are given a piece that walks the tightrope between drama and comedy, thriller and thinkpiece. This is a film that artfully ponders the process of grief while also finding rebirth from within.' CineVue
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Sebastiane Award for Best Film
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'Gull has a keen eye for nature, beautifully captured by cinematographer Susanne Salavati' Eye for Film
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Woodstock Film Festival 2016 Winner of the James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative
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