- Penelope Cruz recalled the Betamax videotape store that opened in her neighborhood, in a suburb of Madrid, during a tribute to her career at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
During a homage to her career at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Penelope Cruz recalled the Betamax videotape store that opened in her neighborhood, in a suburb of Madrid, when she was a child and introduced her to the cinema (MoMA).
She said it was there that she rented all of the Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar’s films.
“I watched, and I laughed, and I cried, and I learned,” she said at the museum’s star-studded benefit on Tuesday night. “If I hadn’t had the privilege of working with brilliant directors who have inspired, taught, and helped me grow as an artist and as a person, I would not be here tonight, being honored by MoMa.” Tonight, I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone, especially my Pedro.”
The honor comes a decade after the museum honored Almodovar, collaborating with Cruz on seven films. The director’s latest film, “Parallel Mothers,” starring Cruz, will be released in the United States on December 24. It was nominated for two Golden Globes on Monday.
One of the most exciting moments of the night came when Almodovar sent Cruz a video message congratulating her on her award.
In the video, he recalls a conversation with the actress while promoting “All About My Mother” (1999).
“You promised that when I’m old, you will look after me. He said, “I’m not that old yet, but I hope you keep your word.” The audience laughed. “I hope you come and become, in this case, my mother when I am an old man.” It’d be a reflection of all the mothers you’ve been for me throughout these seven films.”
Anne Hathaway, Diane Kruger, and Rebecca Hall were among those who paid tribute to the Spanish actress at the annual film benefit. Ricky Martin, a Puerto Rican singer, Rosalia, a Spanish singer, and fashion designer Zac Posen were also present.
Clips from Cruz’s films “Broken Embraces” (2009), “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), and “Volver” (2006), among others, were shown at the benefit. Cruz was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
During Tuesday’s red carpet, Hathaway reflected on that moment.
“I went up to congratulate her, and two beautiful women, I’m not sure if they were her sisters or friends, but two beautiful women ran down from the top balcony and were so happy for her,” Hathaway said. “And I’ve known women like that, and it made me so happy to see her, you know, the genuine joy that the women in her life felt for her.”
Chanel has been presenting the benefit since 2011. Cruz, dressed in a long red Chanel v-line dress with an open back, has been a Chanel ambassador since 2018.
The film benefit at MoMA raises funds to add great films to the museum’s collection. Over 30,000 films and 1.5 million film stills are housed in the museum’s film department.
Source: CP24 News
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