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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 5 – Sean Penn’s Flag Day

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 5 – Sean Penn’s Flag Day

He was added “last minute” during the press conference for the 2021 Palme d’Or line-up and clearly there is something that Thierry appreciates in Sean Penn‘s work. He first came to Cannes a filmmaker with The Indiana Runner Directors’ Fortnight (1991) and saw his third film The Pledge break into the Competition in 2001. Reuniting with Eddie Vedder (2007’s Into the Wild), no one can forget the Cannes selection mistake of The Last Face. Would Flag Day be redemption?

Starring Sean Penn, Dylan Penn and a bit part for Hopper Jack Penn, this sank to the bottom of our ranking with an abysmal score of 1.6.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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