THE daughter of U2 frontman Bono has said walking down the red carpet at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival is a dream come true. Eve Hewson (19) travelled to Park City in Utah to showcase her first major movie, alongside her co-star Sean Penn. “I always wanted to go to Sundance,” she said at the US premiere of ‘This Must Be The Place’ at the weekend.
She said her rock star father was nothing like Cheyenne, the aging former lead singer of a goth rock band, played by Sean Penn in the film. Cheyenne embarks on a road trip to find a Nazi war criminal who persecuted his father.
“I wouldn’t say my dad is anything like this character. Very, very different,” said Eve, who plays the superstar’s teen goth friend Mary in the film.
But despite being well used to having a music legend around the house, she said she didn’t try to direct Mr Penn on how he should play his role. “No, I didn’t give him any tips. I think he’s got it down. He knows what to do,” she said. Ever the professional, she batted away questions from the local media with one asking: “Have you ever been to Dublin?” Despite being backed by industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein’s distribution company, reports say the movie, shot in Dublin during August 2010, received a mixed response from the audience.
It was first screened at Cannes last year and is to be released here in March, with an international release later in the year. But Mr Penn had nothing but praise for the film, directed by Italian writer/ director Paolo Sorrentino. “You wait for a script that touches you or has some originality,” Mr Penn said.
Eve said she was “really proud” of the film, co-produced by Irish company Element Pictures, adding: “It’s quirky and a little crazy and it’s funny and it’s sad.”
- Ken Sweeney