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Penelope Cruz totes her Best Actress award as she heads home

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/09/2021 Charlotte Dean For Mailonline
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She won the Best Actress award for her part in the movie at the closing ceremony of Venice Film Festival 2021 on Saturday night.

And Penelope Cruz was proudly toting her Coppa Volpi award as she headed home following her dazzling appearance at the annual event on Sunday.

The actress, 47, appeared on cloud nine as she flashed a beaming smile and waved to the cameras as she arrived at the city's airport with her husband Javier Bardem.

Penelope looked typically chic in a knitted black jumper, which she wore with a pair of long denim shorts and red leather heels.

The Official Competition star wore her ombre locks in a loose sleek style and sported a subtle coat of make-up for her exit out of Venice.

She accesorised with a pair of stylish shades, earrings and a cross body bag.

Penelope was joined by her husband Javier, who opted for double denim in a pale blue shirt and dark rinse jeans, which he styled with jeans. 

Hours earlier, Penelope had won the Best Actress award for her part in the movie at the closing ceremony of the festival. 

The Spanish star posed with the Coppa Volpi on the red carpet where she wowed in a strapless silver gown.  

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Accepting the award she said: 'Thank you Pedro. This is 100 percent yours. 

'Thanks for once again trusting me, for inspiring me every day with your search for truth, outside and inside.' 

The star described Almodovar as 'my safety net' in a press conference ahead of their red carpet appearance in Venice.

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She explained: 'He can ask me to do something that can really scare me but I know he will be there waiting to sustain me,' adding that she was grateful to the director for giving her 'so many different, challenging characters'. 

Penelope stars as Janis in the highly-anticipated film which sees two women meet in a hospital room where they are both about to give birth.  


Gallery: The best dressed on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival (Red (UK))

Penelope has appeared in seven of Almodovar's movies, including All About My Mother and Volver. 

a person holding a cup: Long-running friendship: Penelope has appeared in seven of Almodovar's movies, including All About My Mother and Volver

Long-running friendship: Penelope has appeared in seven of Almodovar's movies, including All About My Mother and Volver
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On the red carpet she stunned in a shimmering silver off-the shoulder gown. 

Penelope oozed grace and glamour as she glided across the carpet in her jaw-dropping gown which featured a metallic lace overlay, a dropped waist and a voluminous tulle underskirt.

The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star accessorised her showstopping gown with a pewter clutch back and towering silver and black heels.

Penelope left her caramel tresses to fall gracefully on her shoulders, while she enhanced her beauty with a sleek palette of make-up.  

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The 2021 Venice Film Festival has taken place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world's oldest awards ceremonies and one of the 'Big Five' events. 

The jury is headed by Parasite frontman Bong Joon Ho, who said he is 'honoured to be woven into its beautiful cinematic tradition. 

'As president of the jury — and more importantly as a perpetual cinephile — I'm ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I'm filled with genuine hope and excitement.'

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The jury is also comprised of  director Saverio Costanzo, actress Virginie Efira, star Cynthia Erivo, actress Sarah Gadon, documentarian Alexander Nanau, and director Chloé Zhao.

This year's festival has also invited two Afgan filmmakers, Sahraa Karimi and Sahra Mani, to discuss the Taliban's takeover of the country, with 'particular attention to the situation of filmmakers and artists,' in a panel taking place on 4th September. 

The topic of the panel will be 'the dramatic situation of Afghan filmmakers and artists in general, the need for the creation of humanitarian corridors and the guarantee of the granting of political refugee status, as well as concern for their future and the need to provide for their accommodation once they arrive in Europe.' 

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Oscar-winning Italian director Roberto Benigni, who helmed the acclaimed Life is Beautiful, will also be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

In a statement he said: 'My heart is full of joy and gratitude. It is an immense honour to receive such an important recognition of my work from the Venice International Film Festival.' 

This year's festival has also seen the grand return of its star-studded red carpet premieres, after last year's event was drastically scaled back due to the Covid pandemic.

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Last year's occasion saw a significantly smaller number of guests in attendance, will all red carpet arrivals required to adhere to social distancing, with temperature checks and mask wearing mandatory at the event.

Despite its return, this year's festival is still adhering to strict Covid guidelines, following a rise in cases in Italy.

Public access to the red carpet is banned, and more than 10 testing stations have been set up.

All attendees must show proof of a negative test or vaccination to enter a screen, and masks are required indoors. 

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