Washington [US], July 11 (ANI): Hollywood star Sean Penn recently seemed to get emotional during the Saturday night premiere of his movie 'Flag Day', where he was accompanied by his daughter.
According to Variety, the drama earned a four-minute standing ovation broken up by remarks from Penn, praising his daughter, Dylan Frances Penn, for her debut lead role in a movie.
Penn has taken up double duties in the film, both as director and actor, playing John Vogel, a real-life 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 who struggles with her fractured 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 her character's adrift sibling onscreen.
The film seemed to fare better than Penn's last outing at Cannes, which was for the drama 'The Last Face' in 2016, which was booed by critics.
But the recent 10 p.m. screening of 'Flag Day' didn't electrify the Palais crowd in the same way as other films that have played in competition at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Some audience members were spotted dozing off in their seats, and a smattering of people made their way to the exit during the film's slower second hour. "This was a terrible movie," said one audience member.
Penn had said in recent interviews that the property was developed with Dylan in mind. Julia Roberts' husband Danny Moder served as the director of photography and Jez Butterworth adapted the script of the film.
'Flag Day' follows a string of emotional premieres at a festival that many in global cinema believed was impossible to stage as the world struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.
As per Variety, earlier actor Matt Damon had burst into tears following the premiere of Tom McCarthy's 'Stillwater' on Wednesday night. At Friday evening's annual Chopard gathering, jury president Spike Lee, juror Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jessica Chastain said they were overwhelmed to return to large theatrical movies after a year-and-half in quarantine. (ANI)