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Penelope Cruz opens Venice Festival in Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers”

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz is one of the more omnipresent guests at this year's Venice Film Festival, appearing in two films that are part of the competition program.

Venice, 5 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Hollywood star Penelope Cruz is one of the more omnipresent guests at this year’s Venice Film Festival, appearing in two films that are part of the competition program.

The 47-year-old appeared not only in Pedro Almodovar’s new film “Parallel Mothers,” which opened the festival, but also presented a second film, “Official Competition,” on Saturday.

“Official Competition” is a satire on the movie industry in which Cruz plays the lead role, alongside Antonio Banderas, and is directed by the Argentinians Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn, who found great success a few years ago with “The Distinguished Citizen.”

However, Cruz was not the only star with more than one film at the festival. American actor Oscar Isaac, for example, played a former soldier and gambler in Paul Schrader’s drama “The Card Counter” as well as Timothee Chalamet’s father in Denis Villeneuve’s fantasy spectacle “Dune.”

Italian Toni Servillo also has two films in competition this year, “The Hand of God,” in which Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”) recalls the Naples of his youth, and “The King of Laughter,” an account of the life of actor and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta.

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