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Sean Penn's Nazi-hunting film lands a distributor

September 21, 2011 |  2:33 pm

Sean Penn had two movies at  this year's Cannes Film Festival. The first, of course, was "The Tree of Life," which was released to media fanfare in May.

Now his second film, "This Must Be the Place," will find a home in the U.S. too.

The Weinstein Company announced Wednesday it had acquired the film, an international co-production shot in English.

Directed by Italian auteur Palo Sorrentino ("Il Divo"), the drama casts Penn as a wealthy retired rocker  who decides to seek out the Nazi war criminal who tormented his father. TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein noted that the film "proves once again that [Penn] is one of the finest actors of our time." Penn is next set to play period mobster Mickey Cohen in "The Gangster Squad."

No official release date has been set for "Place." But TWC's slate is already crowded this fall, which will see the release of silent-film "The Artist," football documentary "The Undefeated,"  Madonna’s sophomore directing effort “W.E.” and Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe turn in “My Week With Marilyn,” among other potential releases.


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--Susan King

Photo: Sean Penn in "The Tree of Life." Credit: Merie Wallace/Fox Searchlight


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