Sean Penn larked around as he posed at the Black Flies photocall at the 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival on Friday morning.
The two-time Oscar winner, 62, seemed rather mischievous as he joked around with co-star Michael Pitt and director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire.
Sean cut a smart figure in a black T-shirt and bomber jacket which he donned with a pair of blue jeans and crisp white trainers.
The actor left his greying stubble moustache and beard and rocked a cool pair of black sunglasses.
Sean kept his hands in his pockets as he sheltered from the rain under umbrellas before stepping onto the red carpet.
Looking good: Sean Penn larked around as he posed at the Black Flies photocall at the 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival on Friday morning
Smart: The two-time Oscar winner, 62, seemed rather mischievous as he joked around with director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
It comes after his film Black Flies was premiering in competition for the highest honor, the Palme d’Or, in the South of France on Thursday.
Sean was joined by pretty co-star Raquel Nave, 36, who is clearly comfortable with the LA acting veteran as she always seemed to end up posing right beside him on the red carpet outside the Palais des Festivals.
Sean seemed to take Raquel under his wing considering she’s a relative newcomer to the industry, with her biggest prior acting credits in Abel Ferrara’s 2014 film Welcome to New York and one episode of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU in 2019.
Nave delicately placed her hand on Penn’s shoulder as they posed for the hundreds of photographers gathered at the French fest – which enlisted American stars like Brie Larson, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and John Cameron Mitchell to serve on juries.
The acting duo’s Training Day-style EMT drama thriller – based on Shannon Burke’s 2008 novel – scored a distribution deal on Tuesday with FilmNation’s Signature Entertainment for cinematic releases in the UK and Ireland – according to THR.
Raquel – who’s mother to 12-year-old daughter Eagle – left little to the imagination in an ultra-sheer black strapless Saint Laurent dress with fur-topped opera gloves and a matching clutch.
Hairstylist Liz Taw coiffed Nave’s raven bob for the film festivities, and make-up artist Charlotte Prevel brought out he busy brows and applied her bright red pout.
The brunette beauty portrayed the single mom love interest to newly-hired FDNY paramedic Ollie Cross, played by Independent Spirit Award nominee Tye Sheridan, in Black Flies.
Having fun: Sean cut a smart figure in a black T-shirt and bomber jacket which he donned with a pair of blue jeans and crisp white trainers
Rare smile: The actor left his greying stubble moustache and beard and rocked a cool pair of black sunglasses
Ready to go: Sean pointed to the crowd as he stepped onto the red carpet
Co-stars: The star was seen talking to co-star Michael Pitt while posing for photos
Full cast: The Black Flies stars all looked rather serious while attending the photocall (pictured L-R Michael Pitt, Sean Penn, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, Tye Sheridan and Katherine Waterston)
Meanwhile, the Superpower director wore a Tarantino-style black suit with a white button-up, black necktie, and patent leather dress shoes.
Sean was in great spirits, even cracking a rare smile, as he enjoyed the fanfare while promoting his first acting role in a movie since Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2021 dramedy Licorice Pizza.
Penn replaced Mel Gibson in the role of grizzled veteran FDNY paramedic Gene Rutkovsky, who shows Ollie (Tye Sheridan) the ropes on the mean streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn.
‘[Sean and I] both got very into being medics,’ the 26-year-old tuxedo-clad Texan – who also produced the movie – told Variety Thursday of their two months of ride-alongs with first responders.
‘By the time we started shooting, we had a shorthand with each other. It was always fun and collaborative.’
The talented trio were joined at Cannes by their co-star Michael Pitt, producer Warren Goz, director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, and producer John Wildermuth.
The brain-splattered brutal film also features Katherine Waterston, the late Gbenga Akinnagbe, and a cameo from Mike Tyson as an exasperated fire chief.
However, Black Flies’ subject matter has been already well treaded by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese in his 1999 flick Bringing Out the Dead starring Nicolas Cage.
On the personal front, Sean has been single since ending his third marriage in April 2022, this time, to his Flag Day actress Leila George.
Penn has two children – daughter Dylan, 32; and son Hopper, 29 – from his on/off 13-year marriage to his Crossing Guard actress Robin Wright, which ended in 2010.
Suited and booted! It comes after his film Black Flies was premiering in competition for the highest honor, the Palme d’Or, in the South of France on Thursday (pictured with Raquel Nave)
‘They almost never make it’: Penn replaced Mel Gibson in the role of grizzled veteran FDNY paramedic Gene Rutkovsky, who shows Ollie (Tye Sheridan) the ropes on the mean streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn