Flag Day, Sean Penn’s latest film that he directed and starred in, received a standing ovation during its screening in Cannes, Saturday; The audience applauded for several minutes.
The 60-year-old American star attended the screening of his Palme d’Or nominated film, along with his daughter, who worked with her brother Huber Jack Penn, who starred for the first time in one of his father’s films.
“We trusted the script, with a story that can surprise us and hopefully the audience,” Sean Penn said upon arriving on the red carpet before the show.
The classic is based on the true story of a father named John Fogel (Sean Penn) who lives off petty theft and fails to provide the required education for his children.
With poignant and sometimes pathetic behavior, the father struggles to maintain a successful life in front of his children, but his past pursues him and overthrows all his efforts, as happened to him when he received threats from his creditors in front of his daughter. The latter (Dylan Penn) is trying to rebuild herself despite everything, and she does her best to re-establish the relationship with her father.
The events of the film take place between the seventies and nineties of the twentieth century. Digital techniques were used in half of Sean Penn’s scenes to reduce the appearance of the famous actor who previously appeared in my films (“Mystic River”, for which he won an Oscar in 2004), or “Milk”, for which he won a second Oscar in 2009. ).
Sean Penn has a long history with the festival, having first completed a quarter of a century ago as an actor in Nick Cassavetes’ She’s So Lovely and is competing for the third time in the race for the Palme d’Or as director.