The Spanish actress Penelope Cruz won this Saturday the Volpi Cup for best actress at the 78th Venice Film Festival for her work in Parallel mothers by Pedro Almodóvar, becoming the first Hispanic to do so.
The ceremony in which the awards of the contest have been distributed has started at 7:00 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT) in the Palace of the Cinema of the Venetian Lido. Cruz has appeared with a dress with silver details to the shouts of photographers and cameras, because this year, like the previous one, there has been no public or followers to avoid crowds and eventual coronavirus infections.
The Madrilenian, who hours before had been seen arriving on the Venetian island accompanied by her husband, Javier Bardem, who has not gone through the red carpet, has had a double participation in this 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, in two tapes in Official Selection. For which he has won the award, as the protagonist of Parallel mothers, the last work of Pedro Almodóvar, co-starring with Milena Smit and for her leading role alongside Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez in the film Official Competition, by the Argentineans Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn. The first time that Penelope Cruz went to Venice it was at the hands of Bigas Luna with Ham Ham (1992), who won the Silver Lion that year.
Paolo Sorrentino, author of the Oscar winner, has also passed the red carpet The great beauty (The Great Beauty, 2014) and that he has released his latest work, È stata la mano di Dio (It was the hand of God), along with its protagonist, Fillippo Scotti.
Toni Servillo, Sorrentino’s fetish actor, could also be seen in the aforementioned director’s film; on Qui rido io, by Mario Martone, and in Ariferma, the latter out of competition.
In addition, some of the directors in competition, such as the New Zealand Jane Campion, who has released her film The power of the dog or the American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who concurs with The lost daughter.
Bolivian Kiro Russo, who competes with The great move in the Horizons section, the second in importance of the contest, dedicated to the new vanguards.