Premiered at 2011 Cannes Film Festival, starring double Oscar winner Sean Penn as an ageing rock star who decides to find his father’s tormentor. From the opening moments Sean Penn (The Tree of Life; All the Kings Men) is mesmerising in this comical and vulnerable performance. When rock star cheyenne leaves his Irish country mansion and travels to the US, on the impending death of his father, he lurches into the highly unlikely role of nazi hunter, taking over his father’s obsessional hunt for the man who humiliated him in Auschwitz. What evolves is also a wry look at some key elements of troubled American life, accompanied by stunning scenery and peppered with archetypal characters along the way. Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading; Fargo) is uniquely cast as Cheyenne’s uncomplicated wife of many years and David Byrne’s appearance is a special cameo treat. Sorrentino (Il Divo) proves that his talent as a director is both super cool and ambitious.
Winner of the Ecumenical Jury: Cannes Film Festival 2011
Paulo Sorrentino nominated for the Palme d’Or