In 2008, Sean Penn, Jury president of Cannes Film Festival, awarded Paolo Sorrentino with the Jury Prize for »Il divo«. Penn used this opportunity to declare he was eager to make a movie with Sorrentino. Three years later, Penn and Sorrentino returned to Cannes together with »This Must Be The Place«, the Italian director's first English-speaking film.

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes this year, »This Must Be The Place« is a moral road movie. The film invokes Wim Wenders' »Paris Texas« through its melancholy travels, gorgeous cinematography, and Harry Dean Stanton’s supporting role. The score is composed by David Byrne (of The Talking Heads, whose song is the film’s namesake) and accompanies the former idol's journey.

»This Must Be The Place« explores affiliations and clichés through the moving portrait of a sardonic fifty-year-old ex rock star who will never settle for the lifestyle of mediocrity with which the world tries to constrain him.

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Title
This Must Be the Place
Director
Paolo Sorrentino
Country
Italy/ France/ Ireland
Length
118 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Cast
Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eva Hewson, Kerry Condon
Producer
Francesca Cima,Nicola Guilano, Andre Occhipinti
Script
Umberto Contarello
Music
David Byrne, Will Oldham

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