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Acclaimed film ‘The Florida Project’ screens at The Emerson




On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Bozeman Film Society presents a screening of “The Florida Project” at 7 p.m. in The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture’s Crawford Theater.

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” is a deeply moving and poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, the film follows 6-year-old Moonee, in a break-out performance by Brooklynn Prince, and her rebellious mother Halley, played by Bria Vinai in another impressive casting of a first-time actress, over the course of a single summer.

Mother and daughter live week-to-week at The Magic Castle, a budget hotel managed by Bobby (expertly portrayed by 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, filling her endless afternoons with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown.

However, unbeknownst to Moonee, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous options in order to provide for her daughter.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune film critic Colin Covert raves, “It doesn’t just show what its characters go through, it observes. It notices. It studies. This is a film that pays attention to the little details that communicate huge feelings.” Rated R, the film runs 115 minutes.

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