Cannes you sense the tension? Exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn keep their distance at The Last Face photocall... as they reunite one year after she 'ghosted him'

She's said to have 'ghosted' fiance Sean Penn after last year's Cannes Film Festival.

And relations still seemed decidedly frosty as they promoted their joint film The Last Face in the same spot, reuniting on the world's stage for the first time since they called off their engagement.

Charlize and Sean, who ended their relationship after a year-and-a-half together, kept their distance at the photocall as she took a metaphorical high ground in the form of her show-stopping display.

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Exquisite: She looked stunning in a frilly frock
Stern: Sean directed the film in which she stars

Frosty: Charlize Theron (left) and Sean Penn (right) couldn't have kept a greater distance on Friday as they reunited to promote their new film The Last Face at Cannes Film Festival

Not together then? The duo buried themselves within their co-stars (from left) Jared Harris, Jean Reno, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos and Zubin Cooper

Not together then? The duo buried themselves within their co-stars (from left) Jared Harris, Jean Reno, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos and Zubin Cooper

Reports of her cutting contact first surfaced in June 2015 and it was suggested that Charlize had ceased all contact with Sean, including text messages and calls, after they spent time together promoting her film Mad Max: Fury Road at Cannes Film Festival. 

Charlize later denied the 'ghosting' reports in an interview with WSJ magazine in April, when she said: 'There is a need to sensationalize things. When you leave a relationship there has to be some f***ing crazy story or some crazy drama. 

'And the f***ing ghosting thing, like literally, I still don’t even know what it is. It’s just its own beast. We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it.”'

Though Charlize made her stance clear with words, the distance between her and Sean spoke volumes on Friday afternoon when they buried themselves between cast members Jared Harris, Jean Reno, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos in a line-up. 

The look: Sean gave Charlize a look as she joined the line-up but they didn't seem to share much of an exchange

The look: Sean gave Charlize a look as she joined the line-up but they didn't seem to share much of an exchange

Almost a year to the day: The duo were together on the red carpet on May 14, 2015 at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere when they were still engaged

Almost a year to the day: The duo were together on the red carpet on May 14, 2015 at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere when they were still engaged

The line-up: There was at least two people between the acting duo at all times, in front of the cameras

The line-up: There was at least two people between the acting duo at all times, in front of the cameras

Later on that day: Even at the press conference, the duo were not sat together, and the line-up appeared exactly as it had done on the sea front earlier on

Later on that day: Even at the press conference, the duo were not sat together, and the line-up appeared exactly as it had done on the sea front earlier on

Charlize spent time giggling and whispering to Adele and even though Sean appeared to be in a playful mood, the duo exchanged eye contact just once and weren't pictured together at any time.

It's now almost a year to the day that they appeared as a couple on the red carpet outside Palais des Festivals to celebrate her leading role as Imperator Furiosa in the action epic. They were pictured two days later in Vienna at the Life Ball but that was to be their last joint appearance.

The couple began dating in December 2013 after being friends for decades and Us Weekly reported that they had become secretly engaged during a trip to Paris. An engagement ring was never seen, however, and the two never confirmed the reports. 

It was also previously claimed that he was ready to adopt her son Jackson though she later dismissed such claims, saying in the aforementioned interview that she told her three-year-old that she was 'a single mom' and he understood that 'Mommy dates, but that he does not have a father'.

Striking: She added a striking a red lip
Feminine: Her dress featured a ruffled hemline
Poser: Charlize takes the lead in the new film

Eat your heart out, Sean: Charlize looked simply sensational in a frilly dress that showed off her legs with a scalloped hemline

Girlie gossip: Charlize and her co-star Adele whispered to each other as the cameras flashed

Girlie gossip: Charlize and her co-star Adele whispered to each other as the cameras flashed

Cute duo: The female stars of the film were virtually inseparable in their gorgeous Cannes ensembles

Cute duo: The female stars of the film were virtually inseparable in their gorgeous Cannes ensembles

Leggy display: The duo shared a cute exchange
Chatting away: They continued to

Giddy girls: Though her bond with Sean was almost non-existant, Charlize seemed to have forged a close relationship with Adele

Charlize recently spelled out her situation in an interview with GQ magazine, saying: 'You can't control what people say, but, at the end of the day, we made a film. We were in a relationship at the time. When this movie comes out, we're not in a relationship anymore. 

'But we made a beautiful film and I can speak for him on this: we both care enough about each other to know we care about this movie together. Do I wish people would respect that and look at the film for what it is? Of course I do, but I know I'm not God and that's probably not going to happen.'

Charlize plays a globe-trotting activist Wren Petersen in the film that Sean directed, and as such, the duo have seen plenty of each other in the last year, despite none of it making the world's press.

Simmer down: Director Sean showed a happy demeanor to the cameras and had some jokes with them

Simmer down: Director Sean showed a happy demeanor to the cameras and had some jokes with them

So very solo: Director Sean looked cool in trainers and a khaki jacket, brushing off any drama with ease

So very solo: Director Sean looked cool in trainers and a khaki jacket, brushing off any drama with ease

Another girl on his arm: He was pictured with one of his actresses, Adele, who was in an equally playful mood

Another girl on his arm: He was pictured with one of his actresses, Adele, who was in an equally playful mood

Distance: The film centres around the director of an international aid agency (played by Charlize) in Africa, who meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices

Distance: The film centres around the director of an international aid agency (played by Charlize) in Africa, who meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices

'I saw him yesterday!' she continued in the interview for the June 2016 magazine. 'He's still editing. But people want to create chaos with celebrities, as if [when] there's not drama around it, somehow it doesn't sell.' 

Their attention has now turned again to the movie project, which centres around the director of an international aid agency (played by Charlize) in Africa, who meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices.

Showing her shape: Actress Adele span around to reveal the gorgeous pattern on her minidress

Slim pins: Adele couldn't stifle a giggle when she made her appearance, though the cameras' attention might have been elsewhere

 

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