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Friday, May 16, 2008

Eva shows how to make an entrance at Cannes

Actor Sean Penn yesterday issued a warning to Barack Obama that he may have to become a greater man than he has ever been or face "dangerous disillusionment''.

Penn, jury president of the 61st Cannes Film Festival, was speaking at a press conference..

The actor said he was not supporting a particular US presidential candidate, but was "encouraged and excited'' by the support Obama had received.

He said: "I hope he will understand if he is the nominee the dangerous disillusionment that will happen if he does not become a greater man than he's ever been.''

He said failure to do so may be a "death knell'' adding: "This is the most important election in my lifetime and maybe ever.''

Fellow jury member Natalie Portman said she was not endorsing anyone but added that it was a very exciting year for American politics, "for the first time we have to chose between who we like better instead of who we hate less''.


A film called The Third Wave, which concerns the work of volunteers in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka, has been chosen to be shown as president of the jury's choice.

Penn said of the film: "I thought it was such an important movie because of the state of the world being what it is and the unlikelihood that the problems will be solved by politicians made this film particularly poignant to me.''

He described the movie as the closest he had seen to going towards answering what the purpose of life was.

However, all eyes are set to be on the world premiere of the Indiana Jones sequel during the two-week event.

Outside the competition, Steven Spielberg's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull', sees Harrison Ford back in the role for the first time in 19 years.

Steven Soderbergh's four-hour biopic of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara is also said to be in contention with the topfilms competing for the mainPalme d'Or.

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