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Watch: Sean Penn is a Nazi-hunting rock star in 'This Must Be the Place' trailer

21 December 2011 8:22 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sean Penn affects a high-pitched, soft-spoken voice as retired rock-star Cheyenne in the new trailer for "This Must Be the Place", an upcoming dramedy co-written and directed by Italian helmer Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo") that also stars Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch. The film, which was picked up by the Weinstein Co. following its premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, follows a former goth-rocker as he sets out on a road trip to track down the Nazi war criminal who made his recently-deceased father's life a living hell during WWII. With his sullen demeanor, white makeup, Goth attire and head »

- Chris Eggertsen

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New Trailer for This Must Be The Place Starring Sean Penn

21 December 2011 3:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here is a new trailer for This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn doing his best impersonation of The Cure. This Australian edit of the trailer from Hopscotch films shows off some new footage for this unique film. The film was directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who directed such films as Il Divo and The Consequences of Love

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Sean Penn plays Cheyenne, a bored, retired, wealthy American goth rock star living in Dublin (and looking a lot like Robert Smith). He's a complex character, bumbling around town with friends and living in an enormous mansion with his down-to-earth wife of 35 years, Jane (Frances McDormand.) When he learns of the death of his father - who he has been estranged from for over 30 years - he returns to America to embark on a road trip that will change him forever. His quest is driven by the revelation »

- Tiberius

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'This Must Be The Place' With Sean Penn & 'Predisposed' With Jesse Eisenberg Added To Sundance Line-Up

20 December 2011 5:58 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At this point in time, it feels like Sundance is still months away, but actually, it's only a matter of a few weeks, and once Christmas and New Year are out of the way, we'll practically be there. Most of the line-up's been announced already, and off the top of our heads, it's the most promising that Park City has seen in quite some time. But it's not quite done, with the festival announcing four new features added at the last minute, bringing the total up to 117 full-length films, from thirty different countries. Perhaps the starriest isn't actually a premiere; "This Must Be The Place," Paolo Sorrentino's drama starring Sean Penn as an aging rock star who heads out on the road to hunt down the Nazi war criminal who killed his father. The film's from "Il Divo" helmer Sorrentino, and received a rather cool response when it bowed at Cannes back in May. »

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'This Must Be The Place' Soundtrack Features David Byrne, Will Oldham, Jónsi, Iggy Pop & More

17 November 2011 7:02 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the most talked-about films this spring was Paolo Sorrentino's followup to "Il Divo," the oddball roadtrip movie "This Must Be The Place." Starring a Robert Smith-channeling Sean Penn, the film is an odd one, a gothic holocaust dramedy of sorts about an aging rocker who goes to find the SS officer who tortured his estranged father, who recently passed away. Reviews were mixed, but curiousity abounded not only for the chance to see Penn do something quite out of step with his usual screen appearances, but also because of a score led by new tunes from David Byrne and Will Oldham. Well, while we wait for The Weinstein Company to release this movie, details on the soundtrack have arrived, though you'll have to import this one for now. »

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UK Jewish Film Festival 2011: 'This Must Be the Place'

2 November 2011 1:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ The 15th annual UK Jewish Film Festival opened in style last night with a special gala preview of Il Divo (2009) director Paolo Sorrentino's latest effort This Must Be the Place (2011), starring Sean Penn. Nominated earlier this year for the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes and receiving its UK premiere at Lff, Sorrentino's quirky drama impresses in parts, but feels unsatisfyingly (and intentionally) off-the-wall for large stretches.

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- Daniel Green

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The Weinstein Company Picks Up Sean Penn's Goth Holocaust Dramedy 'This Must Be The Place'

21 September 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Lionsgate Nabs Midnight Madness Horror Flick 'You're Next' The biggest Wtf movie so far this year has been Paolo Sorrentino's followup to his acclaimed "Il Divo," the Sean Penn starring "This Must Be Place." Premiering to a very mixed reception at Cannes this spring (that's sort of putting it kindly), the story follows a (seemingly) barely functioning goth rocker (Penn doing his best Robert Smith impression) who finds out his father he hasn’t seen in 30 years is dead and then goes on a road trip to find the SS Officer who made his life hell when he was imprisoned… »

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The Weinstein Company Takes This Must Be the Place

21 September 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Weinstein Company has announced that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to the upcoming Sean Penn starrer, This Must Be the Place . Starring Sean Penn and written by Paolo Sorrentino ( Il Divo , The Consequences of Love ) and Umberto Contarello, This Must Be the Place tells the story of an aging rock star on a journey of self-discovery. The film is produced by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima for Indigo Film, Andrea Occhipinti for Lucky Red and Medusa Film in co-production with Arp in France and Element Pictures in Ireland in association with Pathè International, Italian leading banking group Banca Intesa and the support of Eurimages and the Irish Film Board. You can check out the international trailer to the film by clicking here . »

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Trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘This Must Be The Place’

13 July 2011 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Reviews out of Cannes for This Must Be The Place were mostly negative, but regardless I’m still interested in seeing this film as soon as possible. Take a look the first trailer for the film, with Sean Penn channeling Robert Smith.

This Must Be The Place is directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo), and centers on Penn’s character, an aging rock star, who becomes obsessed in tracking down the Nazi criminal who tortured his father.

The film also stars Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Kerry Condon, Judd Hirsch and Bono’s daughter, Eve Hewson.

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- Ricky

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Watch: Trailer For Sean Penn's Weird Goth Holocaust Dramedy 'The Must Be The Place'

13 July 2011 9:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, here's the skinny: in Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Il Divo," he cast Sean Penn as a (seemingly) barely functioning goth rocker who finds out his father he hasn't seen in 30 years is dead and then goes on a road trip to find the SS Officer who made his life hell when he was imprisoned at Auschwitz. Huh? Yeah, that was pretty much the collective cry from critics at Cannes where the film first premiered, and while we've only seen snatches of stills and footage until now, Twitch has uncovered the theatrical trailer for the movie's… »

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New French Poster for ‘This Must Be The Place’ Shows Sean Penn Channeling Robert Smith

22 June 2011 3:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Reviews out of Cannes for This Must Be The Place were mostly negative, but regardless I’m still interested in seeing this film as soon as possible. Take a look the latest French poster for the film, with Sean Penn channeling Robert Smith, and tell me you aren’t somewhat interested in checking out the flick.

This Must Be The Place is directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo), and centers on Penn’s character, an aging rock star, who becomes obsessed in tracking down the Nazi criminal who tortured his father.

The film also stars Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Kerry Condon, Judd Hirsch and Bono’s daughter, Eve Hewson.

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- Kyle Reese

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New Poster For 'This Must Be The Place' Reminds Us Why We Still Want To See This Movie

22 June 2011 10:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Granted, the reviews out of Cannes for "This Must Be The Place" were not good. Our man in the field James Rocchi called it "rambling and ragged," but other reviews were far less kind and overall word was that it was a disappointment if not a complete misfire. But regardless, it does have Sean Penn channeling Robert Smith and we'll watch that any day of week. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (”Il Divo”), the film centers on Penn’s character, an aging rock star, who becomes obsessed in tracking down the Nazi criminal who tortured his father. Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton,… »

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This Must Be The Place movie poster starring Sean Penn

22 June 2011 6:33 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See a new poster from This Must Be the Place with Sean Penn in a black wig! The poster for the Paolo Sorrentino film may make this look lik a comedy, but this is a crime thriller which tells of a retired and bored rock star who tries to find his father's executioner; an ex-Nazi war criminal and refugee in the U.S. Also starring are Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten and David Byrne. Sorrentino (Il Divo, Napoli 24) directs and writes This Must Be the Place alongside Umberto Contarello »

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This Must Be The Place movie poster starring Sean Penn

22 June 2011 6:33 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See a new poster from This Must Be the Place with Sean Penn in a black wig! The poster for the Paolo Sorrentino film may make this look lik a comedy, but this is a crime thriller which tells of a retired and bored rock star who tries to find his father's executioner; an ex-Nazi war criminal and refugee in the U.S. Also starring are Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten and David Byrne. Sorrentino (Il Divo, Napoli 24) directs and writes This Must Be the Place alongside Umberto Contarello »

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Cannes Update: Euro-American Mash-Up This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn, Misfires

24 May 2011 8:44 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of the trends on display at Cannes was more European and American movie culture mergers with felicitous results. Most movies at Cannes were preceded by a series of logos from multiple global sales, production and distribution companies that backed the films. That's how they get made these days. (A sampling of reviews and a trailer are below.) But for every Drive or Melancholia--two superb movies directed by English-fluent Danes working with English-speaking casts--you get a This Must Be the Place, a complete misfire. When he was head of the Cannes jury in 2008, Sean Penn was so impressed by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s masterful portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo, which boasts a tour-de-force performance by Toni Servillo, that he »

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Cannes 2011. Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be the Place"

23 May 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 5/23.

Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place "stars Sean Penn — an amalgam of Dorothy Michaels from Tootsie, the Cure's Robert Smith, and the titular mentally challenged man the actor played in I Am Sam — as Cheyenne, a fey, retired goth rock star who leaves his home in Ireland to return to the Us to track down the man who tormented his estranged father in Auschwitz. Unbearably sentimental — one colleague likened it to this year's Life Is Beautiful — and consistently ridiculous, Sorrentino's movie was inexplicably met with warm applause (and, as far as I could tell, no boos). There's no arguing taste (or cultural differences or festival exhaustion), but figuring out the appeal of a film that includes a Holocaust slide show, Penn's aggressive scenery chewing ('Not having kids has really, really screwed me over!' he weeps at one point), and every lazy American stereotype (fatties, guns, »

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Cannes Review: Even With Sean Penn, Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place Most Certainly Is Not

20 May 2011 2:10 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

In the past few years we've seen a mini-renaissance in Italian filmmaking, an environment in which young filmmakers like Paolo Sorrentino have been able to flourish. Sorrentino broke through with his 2008 political epic Il Divo, which won a special jury prize here in Cannes that year. So what happened with his follow-up, This Must Be the Place, a picture so ill-conceived and so bizarrely executed that watching it, I wondered if nine days (and counting) of nonstop movies had finally pitched me right over the edge of sanity? »

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Cannes 2011 Diary #7: ‘This Must Be the Place’, ‘Drive’, ‘The Murderer’, ‘Take Shelter’

20 May 2011 1:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the old days, film festivals were the place to see movies about values; a hero rising against adversity or epic stories about freedom. This year, it is difficult to keep a tab on all the dead bodies, from the school massacre on the very first day of the competition in We Need to Talk About Kevin to Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, not to mention the entire Earth being wiped away by planet Melancholia.

There was only one death (onscreen) on This Must Be the Place, the English-language debut of Italian Paolo Sorrentino, but it is an important one.  Now living at a castle in Ireland off of his royalties, a former superstar (Sean Penn) lives a very quiet life. When his father dies, he goes to New York to attend the funeral and discovers that he spent a good part of his life trying to get »

- Ed Lucatero

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Sean Penn's Rock 'n' Roll Nazi Hunter Saves Cannes!

20 May 2011 12:42 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

After Lars von Trier's "I'm a Nazi" debacle this week at Cannes, Sean Penn's quirky film about a depressed rock star hunting down a concentration camp guard seems like just what the festival needs! Looking like a bad photocopy of The Cure's singer Robert Smith in the film, Penn plays a semi-innocent man-child hunting down his father's tormentor in a quirky road picture by Il Divo director Paolo Sorrentino. So what did Penn have to say at today's press conference, and which rock star has an extended cameo in This Must Be the Place? The Cannes throngs at the press conference seemed palpably relieved to talk about a movie featuring a hunted Nazi bad guy (rather than a »

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Cannes Must Be the Place for a rock'n'roll film about a Nazi hunt

20 May 2011 9:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There were no personae non gratae at the press conference for Paolo Sorrentino and Sean Penn's Palme d'Or contender

It's hard to imagine a film that would currently enjoy a warmer reception at Cannes than one involving a Nazi hunt. Following Lars von Trier's high-profile expulsion from the festival after his comments about sympathy for Hitler, Paolo Sorrentino's latest, in which Sean Penn's semi-catatonic rocker goes in pursuit of the concentration camp guard who tormented his late father, seemed almost machine-tooled to please.

After all, This Must Be the Place is entirely a Cannes creation; its director and star having met for the first time at the closing night ceremony in 2008, when the jury headed by Penn presented Sorrentino with the Grand Prix for Il Divo. "We shook hands during the photocall," said Penn, "and I said something like: any time, any way ..."

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- Catherine Shoard

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Cannes Review: Rambling, Ragged 'This Must Be The Place' Isn't Nearly As Bad As You Feared

20 May 2011 9:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The initial first glimpses for "This Must Be The Place" promised disaster, with a pitch of Sean Penn playing a burned-out post-punk rocker on the hunt for Nazis, and advance photos where Penn's jet-black corona of hair and dour made-up jowls made him look less like someone who had imitated The Cure's Robert Smith and more like someone who had killed, skinned and eaten Smith before donning his coiffure and face in celebration. And that level of preliminary expectation-lowering was confounding; this was the follow-up from Paolo Sorrentino after the acclaimed political epic "Il Divo," which was nominated for the… »

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