In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, talks with U.S. actor Sean Penn in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

In this picture supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, proper, talks with U.S. actor Sean Penn in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office through AP)
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American actor and director Sean Penn will premiere a documentary he filmed in Kyiv that includes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at subsequent month’s Berlin movie pageant, organisers mentioned on Monday.

The 73rd-annual Berlinale, because the February 16-26 occasion is understood, will shine a highlight on the war, which is able to mark the primary anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the occasion.

Penn’s Superpower, billed as “the chronicle of a movie mission that actuality pressured to grow to be one thing much less controllable however extra significant,” would be the most outstanding among the many Ukraine entries at the pageant.

Festival co-director Carlo Chatrian informed reporters the movie was shot beneath “very troublesome circumstances”.

Penn was in Kyiv to shoot a documentary in late February 2022 when the Russian invasion started. The two-time Oscar winner was photographed attending a authorities information convention in Kyiv and could possibly be seen assembly with Zelensky in a video posted to the Ukrainian president’s Instagram account.

The actor shot the documentary for Vice Studios with directing accomplice Aaron Kaufman.

Penn has beforehand attracted controversy on account of his forays into present affairs, particularly after he and Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo interviewed the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman whereas he was on the run.

In 2018, Penn was reported to be in Turkey making an as-yet-unreleased documentary concerning the homicide of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate.

Superpower will display within the Berlinale Special part of the pageant, out of competitors.

Chatrian mentioned the pageant, Europe’s first main cinema showcase of the yr, would highlight a number of documentaries and have movies from Ukrainian administrators, as well as to works from dissident Iranian filmmakers, in an indication of “solidarity”.

It may even present free exhibition area to Ukrainian movie business representatives at the pageant’s sprawling European Film Market, and spotlight co-production potentialities with Ukraine’s embattled administrators, the Berlinale mentioned.

The 11-day pageant will open with She Came to Me, a romantic comedy that includes Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Anne Hathaway. US actor Kristen Stewart will lead the pageant jury whereas Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is due to decide up an Honorary Golden Bear prize for lifetime achievement.

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