The Cannes Film Fest Was More Like the Festival du Sean Penn
It looks like this year's Cannes Film Festival turned out to be Festival de Sean Penn. Not only did Penn have two winning films in the fest, he was also honored at the first Cinema For Peace inaugural dinner for his charity work in Haiti.
On Saturday, This Must Be The Place, in which Sean plays an aging rock star, won the festival's prestigious Ecumenical Jury Prize. And on Sunday, the Cannes Film Festival awarded its highest prize, the Palme d'Or, to The Tree of Life, a film by Terrence Malick which also stars Penn, along with Brad Pitt. Though the movie won top honors at the fest, there's some questions about how regular Joes (a.k.a. the rest of us) will embrace the movie, especially since it features dinosaurs, little dialog, and Sean Penn as Brad Pitt's adult son.
While Penn was basking in the glow of his Cannes accolades this weekend, his Tree of Life co-star Brad Pitt was back to work, filming his next movie, Moneyball in L.A. on Saturday, and then hitting the red carpet with Angelina Jolie (and 4 of their 6 kids) for the premiere of her movie Kung Fu Panda 2.
Brad and Sean will reunite tomorrow night though when Tree of Life has its US premiere at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.