VENICE, Italy – Penelope Cruz grabbed on Sunday the spotlight on the red carpet of the 76th Venice International Film Festival ahead of the premiere of “Wasp Network,” the Cuban spy thriller with which Oliver Assayas hopes to win the Golden Lion.
The Spanish actress arrived alongside Assayas dressed in a stunning white dress with feathers and encrusted gems finished with a voluminous skirt with gauze flounces.
At the morning press conference to present the film, she had made her appearance with her hair let loose and garbed in a sky-blue dress with gems.
After taking photographs at the entrance to the Great Hall of the Mostra, which is dedicated to major events, she stopped to sign autograph for fans who had been waiting for hours despite the heat in front of the Venice Cinema Palace on Lido island.
Next to her stood fellow cast members Gael Garcia Bernal, Edgar Ramirez, Wagner Moura and Leonardo Sbaraglia, who had their share of fun in front of the cameras.
Their arrival was met with giddy screams from their admirers.
Missing from the promotional events was Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas, who is also in the film but has yet to be spotted in Venice.
“Wasp Network,” filmed in Cuba and Miami, is based on the book “The Last Soldiers of the Cold War” by Fernando Morais.
Assayas’ film focuses on a group of Cuban spies whose aim was to neutralize anti-Castro groups in the United States.