Penélope Cruz has once again created history. For her performance in ‘Parallel Mothers,’ the Madrid actress was just won the Volpi Cup for ‘Best Actress.’ She is the first woman from Spain to receive an award at the Venice Film Festival. Penélope Cruz was awarded the Volpi Cup at the 78th edition of the festival, owing to Pedro Almodóvar, a director without whom Penélope Cruz’s career would be impossible to comprehend. The manchego creates an imperfect mother for the protagonist of ‘Volver’ in ‘Parallel Mothers.’ A film in which Almodóvar once again displays his talent, this time combining historical memory with motherhood.
So much so that she is capable of exceeding and outshining herself: her previous performance at La Mostra would have been worthy of an award as well.
He steps into the shoes of a very strange film director in the Official Competition, by Argentines Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, and even manages to make the audience forget the renowned face behind the role. Cruz did not go unnoticed, as he placed first in nearly all of the contest’s pools.
The victory in Venice, coincidentally, raises suspicion in the face of another prize. Her name has already been mentioned in the American magazine Variety as one of the front-runners for the upcoming Academy Award. There is still time, until March 27. In the meanwhile, there’s the Goya, which takes place on February 12. For the time being, it is not heresy to assert that his performance is even more complicated and effective than Vicky Cristina Barcelona’s, which won him the Hollywood statuette in 2009.
Penelope Cruz has brought the festival to a conclusion with a bang. After a week of glitz and ‘Haute Couture’ looks on the red carpet, the Spaniard returns home as the star of the Italian Festival’s closing gala. And the greatest part is that it does so by extending its track record and putting on a fantastic show at the closing gala.