Trailer: This Must Be the Place

July 13, 2011

Will Oldham penned lyrics while David Byrne provided music and a cameo performance for Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, This Must Be the Place, starring Sean Penn as a Robert Smith-esque aging rock star seeking to avenge his father’s persecution at the hands of an ex-Nazi. An unusual teaser reel surfaced in April, but now a more representative, official preview of the odd dramedy has arrived. Check out the trailer above (via the Playlist), which includes Irish songwriter Michael Brunnock — who recorded vocals for the Byrne/Oldham songs on the soundtrack — covering Bonnie “Prince” Billy track “Lay & Love,” Iggy Pop classic “The Passenger,” a frame from Byrne’s performance of the titular Talking Heads tune, and a funny bit in which Penn’s character, Cheyenne, corrects a kid who thinks “This Must Be the Place” is an Arcade Fire song.

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