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Sean Baker United States, 2017

Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Florida Project

As a general rule, children can't act—and that's to the great advantage of The Florida Project, because I'd be surprised if half of what its young heroes do on screen was heavily scripted or controlled. Baker finally nails the tone between comic energy and tragic grime that was so uneven in Tangerine, and Willem Dafoe's hotel manager is the most steadfast hero in a year that contained the whole damn Justice League.