Sean Penn to premiere documentary he shot in Ukraine at Berlin Film Festival
Berlin: American actor and director Sean Penn will premiere a documentary he shot in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Berlin Film Festival next month, organizers announced on Monday.
The 73rd annual Berlinale, as the Feb. 16-26 event is known, will spotlight the war, which will mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during the event.
Penn’s “Superpower,” billed as “the chronicle of a film project that reality has forced into something less controllable but more meaningful,” will be the biggest among Ukrainian entries at the festival.
Festival co-director Carlo Chatrian told reporters the film was shot under “very difficult circumstances”.
Penn was in Kyiv to shoot a documentary in late February 2022 when the Russian invasion began.
The two-time Oscar winner was pictured attending a government press conference in Kyiv and could be seen meeting Zelensky in a video posted to the Ukrainian president’s Instagram account.
The 62-year-old actor shot the documentary for Vice Studios with fellow director Aaron Kaufman.
Penn has previously sparked controversy following his forays into the news, particularly after he and Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo interviewed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman while he was on the run.
The 11-day festival will open with “She Came to Me,” a romantic comedy starring “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage and Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Anne Hathaway.
American actress Kristen Stewart will lead the festival’s jury while Hollywood director Steven Spielberg will receive an Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement. (AFP)