On a sunny late afternoon during the 55th New York Film Festival, the exuberant team behind The Florida Project hit the red carpet to discuss this moving, exhilarating look at life in the margins of Orlando. We spoke with the breakout kid trio of Brooklyn Prince, Valeria Cotto, and Christopher Rivera as they discuss why Sean Baker is “the best director we could ever have.” We also talked to costar Bria Vinaite about how she was cast, Willem Dafoe on the power of cinema, and director/co-writer Baker on the detailed preproduction process.
The 18-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The five-person selection committee is chaired by New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones and includes esteemed critics, curators, and programmers.
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.
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