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    Director UNITED STATES

    Sean PENN

    Sean PENN

    Biography

    "In the last few years, it seems there has been a rejuvenation of cinema building worldwide. Increasingly thoughtful, provocative, moving, and imaginative films by talented filmmakers. That a new generation of filmmaking may have begun. The Cannes Film Festival has long been the epicenter in the discovery of those new waves of filmmakers from all over the world. I very much look forward to participating in this year's Festival as President of the jury."

    After dual training as both actor and director, Sean Penn was critically acclaimed for his leading roles on stage, transitioning into film by the age of 20. Quickly, he distinguished himself as one of the most talented young actors of his generation with films from At Close Range by James Foley to Carlito's Way by Brian DePalma (1993), The Thin Red Line by Terrence Malick (1998), 21 Grams by Alejandro González Iñárritu (2003) and The Interpreter by Sydney Pollack (2005). The Festival's Best Actor Prize was awarded him in 1997 for She's So Lovely by Nick Cassavetes and, after several Oscar nominations (notably for Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking and Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown), he received the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2004 for his performance in Mystic River by Clint Eastwood, presented in Competition at Cannes. In 1991, he scripted, directed and produced his first film, The Indian Runner. Sean Penn directed Jack Nicholson first in Crossing Guard (1995), then in The Pledge, selected in Competition at Cannes in 2001. He equally took part in the collective project 11'09'01: September 11. His latest film, Into the Wild, which he adapted from the book by Jon Krakauer, enjoys international success.

    Films presented at Cannes

    WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY
    WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY 2012 Cannes Classics Actor
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    THE TREE OF LIFE 2011 In Competition – Feature Films Actor
    THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
    THIS MUST BE THE PLACE 2011 In Competition – Feature Films Actor
    FAIR GAME
    FAIR GAME 2010 In Competition – Feature Films Actor
    WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
    WHAT JUST HAPPENED? 2008 Out of Competition Actor
    THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON
    THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON 2004 Un Certain Regard Actor
    MYSTIC RIVER
    MYSTIC RIVER 2003 In Competition – Feature Films Actor
    THE PLEDGE
    THE PLEDGE 2001 In Competition – Feature Films Director
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    SHE'S SO LOVELY 1997 In Competition – Feature Films Actor

    Awards

    Film poster
    SHE'S SO LOVELY 1997 Award for Best Actor Actor

    Jury members

    President - Feature films - 2008
    Director UNITED STATES

    Sean PENN

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