Sean Penn receives four-minute standing ovation at “Flag Day” premiere


Hollywood star Sean Penn recently appeared to be moved during the Saturday night premiere of his movie “Flag Day”, where he was accompanied by his daughter. According to Variety, the drama received a four-minute standing ovation interrupted by remarks from Penn, congratulating his daughter, Dylan Frances Penn, on her first lead role in a movie.

Penn served a dual role in the film, both as a director and actor, playing John Vogel, a bank robber and con artist. The character’s birthday falls on June 14, thus inspiring the film‘s title. Dylan plays his daughter Jennifer, an aspiring journalist struggling with her broken relationship with her family.

“Flag Day” is based on Jennifer Vogel’s 2004 memoir. The film is a family affair for Penn. Dylan’s younger brother, Hopper, plays his on-screen character’s drifting brother. The film appeared to fare better than Penn’s last Cannes outing, which was for the 2016 drama “The Last Face”, which was booed by critics.

But the recent 10pm screening of “Flag Day” did not electrify the Palais crowd in the same way as the other films that played in competition at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. Some members of the audience were spotted dozing in their seats, and a handful of people made their way to the exit during the film’s slower second hour. “It was a terrible movie,” said an audience member.

Penn had said in recent interviews that the property was developed with Dylan in mind. Julia Roberts’ husband Danny Moder served as cinematographer and Jez Butterworth adapted the script for the film. ‘Flag Day’ follows a series of heartwarming premieres at a festival many world cinema actors thought impossible to host as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Variety, actor Matt Damon broke down in tears after the premiere of Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” on Wednesday night. At Chopard’s annual gathering on Friday night, jury chairman Spike Lee, juror Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain said they were overwhelmed with returning to big movie movies after a year and a half in quarantine. (ANI)

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