(Re)discover Penélope Cruz in five films

The Spanish actress, planetary star, is on the poster for “Official Competition”, a comedy in which she gives the reply to Antonio Banderas. And why not revisit the most notable productions of the filmography of the one who celebrated her 48th birthday last April?

“Jamon, jamon” (1992)

The one who has the nickname “Pe” appears for the first time on the screen in “Jamón, jamón” by Bigas Luna and gives the reply to… Javier Bardem. Even though she is only 17 years old, she is noticed to the point of being nominated for the Goya awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars, in the category of best actress. She then continued with a good number of Spanish productions and it was finally for “In flesh and bone”, released in 1997, that she toured for the first time under the direction of Pedro Almodóvar… while reuniting with Javier Bardem, now her husband.

“Vanilla Sky” (2001)

Was it Almodovar who opened the doors of international industry to him? Because we see her the following year in “The Hi-Lo Country” by Stephen Frears and “Don Juan” by Jacques Weber. But it was in 2001 that she made a sensational entry into Hollywood. Ted Demme’s “Cartel” with Johnny Depp, John Madden’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandoline” with Nicolas Cage, then Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” with Tom Cruise – she will also be in a relationship with the actor for three years – make her a global star.

“Volver” (2006)

She is pursuing an international career and we see her in “Fanfan la Tulipe” alongside Vincent Perez or “Gothika” by Mathieu Kassovitz with Halle Berry and shot in Montreal. Penélope Cruz reunites with Pedro Almodóvar for the third time with “Volver”. The film opens the Cannes Film Festival, wins the Palme d’Or, the six actresses of the film are awarded the Interpretation Prize and, a few months later, the Spaniard will be nominated for the Oscars, a first for an actress from her nationality. She does not win the statuette, but is now part of the Hollywood gratin.

“Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008)

Woody Allen comes to get Penélope Cruz to play Maria Elena, a mentally unstable woman in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. The critical and popular success of the film – the feature film will garner US$96.4 million at the box office – once again propelled Penélope Cruz to center stage and established her reputation. As she accumulates awards, Goya, BAFTA and Oscar fall into her hands. She then lets herself be tempted by the dubbing of the animated film “G-Force”, then by the musical “Neuf” for which she trains thinking three months to be able to dance.

“The 355” (2022)

The years following his Oscar are full, all the filmmakers are tearing it up. She thus appears in the credits of blockbusters such as “Sex in New York 2”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: the fountain of youth”, “Zoolander 2”, finds Woody Allen for “Rome my love”… and even agrees to shoot a advertisement for Nintendo, in which she transforms into Mario. She also plays alongside Javier Bardem, who became her husband, in “Escobar” and makes a detour through television as Donatella Versace for “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. At the request of Jessica Chastain, producer of “Les 355”, she takes part in this all-female action film. Is this what made him want to go behind the camera? Because, in addition to playing the main role of “On the Fringe”, a feature film by Spaniard Juan Diego Botto which will be released in the fall, she is also a producer.

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(Re)discover Penélope Cruz in five films