Penelope Cruz has made history for our cinema. For our country. The actress has become the first woman to win the Volpi Cup, the award for best actress in the world. Venice Film Festival, the oldest of the cinematographic competitions. He has done it by beating names that sounded strong, such as Kristen Stewart for Spencer, and he has done it hand in hand with his friend and teacher, Pedro Almodovar, who has given him one of his most complex and round works in Parallel Mothers. An award that the actress, very excited, dedicated to her two mothers, Encarna and Pilar, referring to her mother Encarna Sánchez and Pilar Bardem, who died in July this year.
Almodóvar’s film inaugurated the Official Section to the contest ten days ago, and since then it entered all the pools. Many placed him as a strong candidate for the jackpot of the night, the Golden Lion, but finally it has been Penelope’s masterful work that has won an award that has also been a recognition of Parallel Mothers, which now begins its international journey after being propelled by the great foreign critics.
A pity that this award leaves without the Golden Lion, which has finally gone to stop – deservedly – one of the great films of this contest: The event (L’Evenement), from the French Audrey Diwan, who becomes the sixth woman to achieve the Golden Lion in a unanimous decision of the jury. An adaptation of the novel by Annie Ernaux that recounts her clandestine abortion in the early 1960s when it was banned in France. A film that comes just at the time when Texas has returned to the past with its new law on the termination of pregnancy and that moved and shook journalists. A film that puts you in the shoes of this young woman in an overwhelming and almost immersive experience and that from its first screening became one of the favorites.
With this defeat, the La Mancha director has lived an experience similar to that of Cannes two years ago, when Pain and glory it reached the list of honors as one of the favorites and had to be confirmed with the award for Flags. It is curious that whoever ‘stole’ the Palme d’Or then, Bong Joo-Ho, it has been thatin has again left him without a prize as president of the jury.
Penelope’s award is much more important than a simple award. In this same contest they won before Vanessa Kirby, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman o Helen Mirren. All were nominated for an Oscar. It is expected that after this victory – above direct rivals in the Hollywood prize race – Penelope’s name will rise like foam in the pools that always start after the September festivals.
He deserves it. His interpretation shows an interpretive maturity and records that until now had not been seen. The master hand of Almodóvar to bring out the best in his interpreters and the golden moment of Penélope Cruz is confirmed once again, who in this same edition has offered another perfect interpretation in Official Competition. This time in a completely different register, comedy.
An edition of the Venice Festival of a very high level, with several works that arrived as favorites on the last day, and where almost all of them appeared in the list of honors. Until the last moment, the Italians thought that they would complete the triad Eurovision-Eurocopa-Festival of Venice thanks to Sorrentino and his It was the hand of god, who came to the closing ceremony as the great favorite. He had to settle for the second prize, the Grand Jury Prize.
A film where the director of The Great Beauty takes a step back in his visual baroque style to open the channel and tell about the loss of his parents and the moment when he decided to be a director. A film produced by Netflix, who has seen how all his films in competition won something. The power of the dog from Jane Campion, it was another favorite. The other Silver Lion, the one for Best Direction, has won. A fair award that could perfectly have been the Golden Lion for a masterful film that we will hear about in the coming months. His third film, The dark daughter, he won the best script. The platform is once again showing its muscle for the awards season and its great eye when it comes to producing and buying quality adult films.
The best actor award was one of the few surprises of the night. Everyone assumed that it would be for the Italian Toni Servillo, for Here I laugh. A great of Italian cinema who has presented several films this edition, but finally it was for John Clay, by On the job: the missing 8. The young protagonist of It was the hand of God Filippo Scotti, he won the Marcello Mastroianni for the best performance of a young talent. Another Italian movie, The hole, got a special award. One of the most special bets of an edition not to forget.
Golden Lion: The event
Silver Lion for Best Director: Jane Campion, for The power of the dog
Grand Jury Prize: It was the hand of god
Best Actress: Penelope Cruz, for Parallel Mothers
Best Actor: John Arcilla, for On the job: the missing 8
Best screenplay: The dark daughter.
Special jury award: The hole.
Marcello Mastroianni Prize: Filippo Scotti, por It was the hand of god
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Penelope Cruz makes history and wins the Volpi Cup for best actress at the Venice Film Festival