Central Florida-set film receiving major critical acclaim

Many calling 'The Florida Project' one of the year's best films


ORLANDO, Fla – A recently released film set in Central Florida is receiving some of the biggest critical adulation of 2017.

"The Florida Project," starring Willem Dafoe, currently has a 96 percent "Certified Fresh" rating from the website, Rotten Tomatoes, with individual reviews from The Atlantic and Rolling Stone, both referring to it as one of the best films of 2017.

The film tells the story of a mother and her 6-year-old daughter living in an extended-stay motel for a summer on the stretch of highway just outside of Disney World in Orlando.

The motel, referred to by the characters as "The Magic Castle," is managed by Willem Dafoe's character, Bobby, who is described in the film's press release as a man, "whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion."

"The Florida Project" was released by the independent studio, A24, that also brought the Florida-set, Academy Award for Best Picture-winning film, "Moonlight," to theaters last year.

The director of the film, Sean Baker, reported to the Orlando Sentinel earlier this year that the film was shot "in and around the Orlando area."

The film had its premiere screening with the director, screenwriter, and co-stars in Orlando on Wednesday.

If you are interested in seeing "The Florida Project" in Central Florida, screenings will be held at The Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751. Click here to see a list of showings.