A young man leaves his middle class existence for a life of adventure in the North American wilderness. His journey takes him to Alaska, where he must fight to survive in the harsh environment. Penn is a master visual poet; the various Americas portrayed here are spectacular and haunting. The landscape photography, shot by Eric Gautier, brings remarkable new meaning and gravity to iconic mountains, deserts and snowdrifts. The film's acting performances are among the year's best.
Sean Penn (1960) grew up in Santa Monica, California. Since making his film debut acting in TAPS (81), he has enjoyed an extensive and celebrated career, earning four Academy Award nominations for best actor. Among his many acting credits are FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (82), THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN (85), COLORS (88), CARLITO'S WAY (93), DEAD MAN WALKING (95), THE THIN RED LINE (98), SWEET AND LOWDOWN (99), I AM SAM (01), 21 GRAMS (03), MYSTIC RIVER (03), for which he won the Academy Award, and ALL THE KING'S MEN (06). He has directed the feature films THE INDIAN RUNNER (91), THE CROSSING GUARD(95), THE PLEDGE (01) and INTO THE WILD (07).