ear (EFE).- Sean Penn He arrived at Cannes yesterday to present his new film as a director, “Flag Day”, starring him and his daughter Dylan, and despite his efforts to focus on his professional roles, it was clear that he would There are more father and daughter than director and actress.
“It’s a job and he’s my boss, but at the end of the day he’s also my father,” Dylan said, although he claimed to have a great relationship with him, adding that he had “anti-negativity.” ” is .”
“We’re both alpha,” he admitted with a smile.
While Sean Penn recalled that the first image that came to his mind when he read the book on which the film was based was the face of the film’s absolute protagonist, Dylan, whom the director gives many more precious close-ups.
The actor and director rejected the idea that the film was made by Dylan and his children as compensation for being an absent father during childhood, stating that you should examine the “simple work” he did at the time. Will be Realize that it is not so.
“One of the great things about working in movies and the privilege of being a parent is that when you’re away, once you’re done, you’re the only parent who works 24 hours a day. Hours, 7 days exist. Weeks. And that’s when the kids go crazy.”
But, he said with a smile, “It looks like he still likes me,” while his daughter smiled at him too.
In the film, Dylan plays Jennifer Vogel, author of the Sean Penn-adapted book, in which she recounts her relationship with her father, a fraudster and swindler, from 1975 to 1992.
And his second son, Hopper, both born from his relationship with Robin Wright, also has a small role in the film.
“I grew up with unreliable parents who supported me, nothing to do with Jennifer in that sense,” the actress said, explaining the differences with her character, a young woman with a scandalous father and father. A mother tries to overcome the trauma of being an alcoholic. Who finds his own way.
“My parents were very present in my childhood, they often took us outside of Los Angeles, they let us lead pretty normal lives, Dylan Penn explained.
A film full of beautiful shots that add nothing to the story and in which Sean Penn’s interpretation goes far above his work as a director.
Although at first Penn — who presented his last film as a director, “The Last Face (I’ll Say Your Name)” in 2016 to a reception that included Boos — didn’t want to combine acting and directing jobs.
In his family, the actor explained, there are misunderstandings and communication problems like any other. And the very fact of working with my daughter seemed quite difficult to even put myself behind the camera.
First, “Flag Day” was being produced by Mexican Alejandro González Iárritu, with whom Penn had already worked on “21 Grams” (2003) and whom he considers “one of the best directors”, but in Involved another project and abandoned it.
“My last attempt not to do this was when I sent the script to Matt Damon, who was generous enough to tell me it would be stupid if I didn’t,” Penn said.
And finally he decided to accept a double job in a film that was shot just before the pandemic, during which the actor and director devoted themselves to starting points for testing for Covid with the aid organization Corps It was established after the earthquake in 2010. Haiti.
“We live in a time when the price paid for humanity is too high, many people show no sympathy (…) We have our own nature, faults… We’ve seen it for a year and a half, and Let us take the risk of continuing like this”, he reflected.
He also referred to the work of former US President Donald Trump, an administration that was “unacceptable”.
The best in the world
Directing and starring in “Flag Day”, the film with which Sean Penn competes at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, was not Starr’s original idea, as he refused at first and asked Alejandro González Iárritu to tape. invited to. Penn considers Mexicans to be one of the best in the world.