Every month The Frida Cinema honors a Volunteer of the Month by allowing this prestigious individual the opportunity to select a film for us to program. This month we had a tie, and when both of our volunteers announced their selections, our savvy-eyed Director of Programming noticed something – both films were released by acclaimed art house distributor A24, and both films take place in Florida. So, with the participation of the good folks at A24, we’re calling this double-feature: A24 Goes to Florida!
Your single ticket gets you both films, presented back-to-back at The Frida! First up is Sean Baker’s fantastic The Florida Project. Featuring an Oscar-nominated supporting performance by the great Willem Dafoe, this high-wire balancing act of genuine charm and cheerful irreverence stars Brooklynn Prince as Moonee, a precocious six-year-old girl who courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates, and bonds with both a motel manager and her own rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World over one summer. Rich with color and brimming with empathy, The Florida Project is an absorbing slice-of-life that – without ever feeling heavy-handed – manages to raise sobering questions about modern America.
Then after a brief intermission, the double-feature continues with Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, a perennial programming favorite around these parts. Underrated, polarizing, intentionally ambiguous in intent, and surprisingly dense with sensory style, Korine’s dreamy art film showcases the adventures of four college girls determined to hit Spring Break at any cost, ultimately getting arrested and bailed out by a charismatic drug and arms dealer with criminal ambitions. Of course, as with the best art films, there is much more going on between the lines, as Korine presents a satiric examination at what our future generations’ definition of The American Dream might just look like.
Monday, November 19 – 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 20 – 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 21 – 2:30pm, 7:30pm