Sean Penn's 'The Last Face' Heading to Cannes Film Festival

Sean Penn Charlize Theron Split - H 2016
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Sean Penn Charlize Theron Split - H 2016

Penn directs Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem in the African war drama.

Sean Penn's directorial effort The Last Face is expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The drama, set against the backdrop of war-torn Africa, stars Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. Bill Pohlad's River Road Entertainment (12 Years a Slave) financed the pic.

From a script by Erin Dignam, The Last Face stars Theron as the director of an international aid organization working in Liberia who embarks on a love affair with a stubborn and impulsive relief-aid doctor, played by Bardem. However, their mutual passion for the value of life is matched by the intensity of their opposing opinions on how to best solve the conflict that surrounds them, creating a seemingly insurmountable rift.

Penn and Theron were romantically involved when they filmed The Last Face in summer 2014 on location in Africa. And a year ago, the couple attended the Cannes Film Festival together to promote the premiere of Theron's Mad Max: Fury Road. They called off their engagement not long after, but reunited professionally later in the summer for reshoots.

Pohlad is producing The Last Face alongside Matt Palmieri (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Bill Gerber (Gran Torino). Palmieri developed and packaged the project, while CAA and WME are handling U.S. rights.

While the lineup for this year's Cannes has not yet been officially announced, Penn has a track record with the fest. The Indian Runner, his first directorial outing, played at Cannes as part of the Directors Fortnight sidebar in 1991, and The Pledge, his third helming effort, screened in competition at the 2001 edition of the fest.

The Cannes Film Festival is set to run May 11-22.