At the opening, the Spanish actress was seen in the opening film “Madres paralelas” by Pedro Almodóvar. This Saturday, she also presented another work in competition.

Venice (AP) – Hollywood star Penélope Cruz is one of the permanent guests at the Venice Film Festival this year.

The 47-year-old wasn’t just seen in Pedro Almodóvar’s opening midweek film “Madres paralelas”. On Saturday, she also presented another work in competition: “Competencia oficial” is a satire on cinema. Cruz again plays one of the main roles alongside Antonio Banderas.

“Official Competition”, the film’s English title, takes a look behind the scenes of the cinema. Argentines Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn produced “Competencia oficial”. A few years ago, the duo celebrated success with the satire “The Nobel Prize Winner”.

The Spanish Penélope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) is not the only one represented at the Venice Film Festival with more than one film. American Oscar Isaac was seen in Paul Schrader’s drama “The Card Counter” as a former soldier and player, as he played Timothée Chalamet’s father in Denis Villeneuve’s fantasy show “Dune”. The Italian Toni Servillo also has two films on his program: “È stata la mano di Dio”, in which Paolo Sorrentino (“La Grande Bellezza”) looks back on the Naples of his youth, and “Qui rido io” on the actor and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta.