The first trailer for "The Florida Project" starring Willem Dafoe, which was filmed around Orlando. (Handout video courtesy of A24)
The first trailer for "The Florida Project" has been released, and Central Florida can get a look at the critically beloved movie that filmed near Walt Disney World.
"The Florida Project" will be released Oct. 6.
Brooklynn Prince of Winter Springs and Valeria Cotto of Davenport play impoverished children who "create their own magic kingdom across the poverty line from Walt Disney World," David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote. Christopher Rivera of Kissimmee plays another of the children.
"The Florida Project" electrified the Cannes Film Festival in May. Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times called it "the most thrillingly alive" film of the festival.
And the Oscar buzz has started. "The Florida Project" is being released by A24, which was responsible for "Moonlight," winner of the best picture Oscar for 2016.
"Florida Project" director Sean Baker ("Tangerine") wrote then of his hopes for the movie. "We spent last summer shooting 'The Florida Project' in and around the Orlando area where we found nothing but love and support from the community," he said in a direct message to me via Twitter. "This film was made to instigate change and help remove the stigma of homelessness so ingrained in our way of thinking."
Becoming an Oscar contender could help bring attention to those issues.
The film has generated talk that veteran actor Willem Dafoe ("Platoon") gives his best-ever performance as a motel manager.
How about a movie without superheroes and special effects?