First Clip: Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project”

“Tangerine” director Sean Baker returns with “The Florida Project” which premieres in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes on Monday.

Ahead of that, the first clip from the anticipated film starring Willem Dafoe has arrived and comes hot on the heels of the film being acquired by Altitude Films for the UK along with Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes competition title “Loveless”.

‘Florida’ follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rag-tag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.

Dafoe plays the manager of the motel in which Moonee and the crew live. Bria Vinaite and Caleb Landry Jones also star and the film was shot in 35mm in the neighborhoods around Disney World in Orlando.

An early 2018 UK release is planned.