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Sean Penn's 'The Last Face' competing at Cannes festival

Sean Penn's "The Last Face" about aid workers in Africa will compete at the Cannes Film Festival this year — along with movies about interracial marriage in 1950s America, illness and poverty in working class Britain and cannibal fashion models in Los Angeles.

The festival's high glamour yet socially conscious lineup, announced Thursday by organizers, features 49 films harking from 28 countries, including Iran, Brazil, Egypt, Israel and South Korea. Twenty of the entries will be running for the Palme d'Or, the top prize at the French Riviera festival, which is being held under heightened security after deadly Islamic extremist attacks on France and Belgium.