The Palm Springs International Film Awards have announced that Penélope Cruz is the recipient of the International Star Award, Actress for her performance in “Parallel Mothers” by Pedro Almodovar. The Film Awards will be held in person on January 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs until January 17.
Previous recipients of the International Star Award, Actress, include Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan and Charlize Theron. Last year’s recipient Carey Mulligan went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Cruz joins Kristen Stewart, previously announced winner, who receives the Spotlight Award, Actress.
“Penélope Cruz has collaborated with Pedro Almovódar on so many wonderful films, from ‘Broken Embraces’ to ‘Volver’, and their partnership really shines with her brilliant performance in ‘Parallel Mothers’, which has already won international festival honors,” said festival president Harold Matzner. “She is an actress with immense depth and humanity, giving the world enormous work for three decades. For her poignant work in ‘Parellel Mothers’, it is an honor for us to present the International Star Award, Actress to Penélope Cruz. “
In ‘Parallel Mothers’, Cruz plays Janis, one of the two women who share a hospital room where they are going to give birth, both single and accidentally pregnant. She stars alongside Milena Smit, who plays the frightened and repentant teenager of the two. As they grow closer and Janis encourages Milena, their bond becomes more complicated, decisively changing their lives. The film also stars Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma and Julieta Serrano.