Penelope Cruz in two works

21 films compete for "The Lion of Venice"

The film "Madras Parallillas" was described by the festival director as an "intense painting".

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Twenty-one films are competing for the Golden Lion award at the 48th Venice Film Festival, which takes place between September 1 and 11.

The festival will open its screenings with the latest work of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, the film “Madras Parallillas”, starring his favorite actresses, Penelope Cruz and Rossi de Palma. And also for feminist solidarity and for a life lived freely and without hypocrisy.”

The festival will also screen the movie "Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon" by Anna Lily Amirpour, the Iranian-American director, who previously participated in the Venice Film Festival in 2016.

Among the participating films are "An Otter Monde" by Stéphane Brezier (France), which is the third part of a trilogy about the world of work, and "The Power of Dog" by Jane Campion (Australia/New Zealand), in the first return of director Jane Campion since 2009. In the category of feature film, it is scheduled to be shown on the “Netflix” platform.

And the movie “America Latina” by the brothers Fabio and Damiano Dinocenzo (Italy-France), and the Italian twin wrote and directed this movie, and its events revolve amid excitement and a love story with the participation of the 2010 Cannes Award winner for Best Actor, Elio Germano.

In the film "Levinman" by Audrey Diwan (France), the French-Lebanese director portrays Annie Arnaud's novel, on the issue of abortion in the 1960s when it was still prohibited in France.

In Competentia Ovichial by Gaston Dubra and Mario Cohen (Spain/Argentina), Penelope Cruz plays a director facing two difficult actors to manage, one of whom is Antonio Banderas.

• “America Latina” was written and directed by Italian twins Fabio and Damiano.

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