After Director Sean Baker discovered her on Instagram, life has changed forever for Cannabis Entrepreneur-turned-Actress BriaVinaite. The 24-year-old hailing from New York City walked into her role in acclaimed TheFlorida Project with no acting experience and in three weeks transformed into tough-talking, hustling single mom Halley, in a performance that won’t soon be forgotten.
While she was just in the City TIFF ’17 promoting her first ever Film with WillemDafoe and brilliant child actor Brooklynn Prince, she is back to represent the cast and crew of TheFlorida Project, accepting the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for BestPicture and Supporting Actor (Dafoe). TIFF’s Cameron Bailey filled hosting duties, quoting many noted female voices in the wake of #TimesUp.
Dressed in a colourful coat and graphic bodysuit by Discount Universe,Vinaite was every bit the colourful personality she exudes online in her Social Media. And she was super gracious to stop for a quick Snap!
Other big winners included: Jordan Peele (Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original, and Best First Feature, Get Out), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lead Actor, Phantom Thread), Frances McDormand (Lead Actress, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Greta Gerwig (Director, Lady Bird) and Laurie Metcalf (Supporting Actress, Lady Bird). Angelina Jolie-produced The Breadwinner won Best Animated Feature with stars SomaChhaya and Saara Chaudry accepting.
Elevation Pictures x Mr. Will want to give Readers want to give Readers a chance to win Run-of-Engagement Passes to see THE FLORIDA PROJECT. The Film premiered at TIFF ’17 to rousing reception and has a tremendous amount of Awards Season buzz!
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite, Mela Murder and Christopher Rivera
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Elevation Pictures release THE FLORIDA PROJECT Friday, October 13, 2017 in Toronto, Friday, October 20, 2017 in Vancouver, Friday, October 27, 2017 nationwide.
We live for TIFF and our hearts are filled with gratitude that we live in the City with the greatest Film Festival in the world! Team Mr. Will break-down for you their top Films to look-out for at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. With single tickets going on sale to the public Monday, September 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST, perhaps you could use a bit of inspiration for your own Festival picks?
Pop culture played a big part in my picks this year with The Room, Barack Obama and Wonder Woman playing key roles in three of my selections. The other two premiered at festivals earlier this year to wide acclaim are are sure to be on everyone’s top Films of 2017.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) Call Me By Your Name The Disaster Artist The Final Year Professor Marston and the Women
This year I’m sticking to Indies! First off there’s Cannes darling, The Square. A satirical look at the Post-Modern Art World and all of its troubling social issues. Second is Jane, a Documentary about the beloved primatologist Jane Goodall. Third, The Lodgers, is an Irish Horror that was shot in one of the country’s most harrowing haunted houses. Fourth, Apostasy. The aptly-titled Film focuses on a rebellious youth within a controlling cult. Lastly, my only non-Indie, The Shape of Water. The latest Monster Movie from Toronto’s adopted son, Guillermo del Toro. All good and hopefully great. Time will tell. Have a happy Festival!
The Square Jane The Lodgers Apostasy The Shape of Water
This Film is hilarious from beginning to end and James Franco gives the performance of his career as Tommy Wiseau. It will delight Midnight Madness fans, The Room fans and everyone else that sees it.
Call Me By Your Name
Since Sundance, this Film has received rave reviews for the story, direction, and acting. It’s sure to garner multiple award nominations and possibly some wins come Awards Season.
As soon as it screened at the Venice Film Festival it was a sure fire hit calling it Alexander Payne’s finest work.
The Florida Project
Sean Baker impressed audiences with his directorial debut Tangerine and now he’s back with this touching examination of familial love. Set around a daughter and her young mother living in a motel, this will be the tearjerker of the Festival.
Greta Gerwig has written some brilliant female roles over the past few years. Now she’s making her directorial debut with her latest script starring Saoirse Ronan.
I saw the Trailer for this Movie back in March and was on-board immediately. Frances McDormand looks like the perfect match for Martin McDonagh‘s spectacular writing.
The Disaster Artist
I love The Room, and the behind the scenes story is the most fascinating, hilarious, ludicrous and absolutely insane thing I have ever read. I have been waiting ever so patiently since SXSW to experience the madness — and bonus points because it will be at Midnight Madness with the maestro himself, Tommy Wiseau, in the audience.
I know literally nothing about this Film beyond it starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and that it is directed by Darren Aronofsky. That’s more than enough to get me excited. The posters have been cryptic at best, so I’m really hoping that I’m rewarded for going in blind.
Mom and Dad
The premise of parents killing their kids for 24 hours had my curiosity. Having Nicolas Cage in the leading role got my attention.
John Woo‘s return to the kind of action movies that influenced a generation of Filmmakers and film fans. If there aren’t any doves or dual wielding pistols, I’m rioting.
Having seen a handful of the key TIFF ’17 titles, I am the greatest champion for Sundance favourite CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. I love Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash)‘s work and once again he pushes the boundaries and our perceptions of love in this beautifully-told Novel adaptation. It is gorgeous, a bit dangerous and emotional – everything a TIFF Film should be. I have yet to see I, Tonya and mother! but both have great pedigrees and with that come high hopes. The Disaster Artist was magical, Battle of the Sexes was superb. That being said, my Top Five are as follows:
Call Me By Your Name I, Tonya mother! The Disaster Artist Battle of the Sexes