Penelope Cruz proved this week she knows how to make an entrance.

The 45-year-old Oscar-winning Spanish actress stunned in a white Ralph & Russo gown at the premiere of her new thriller film Wasp Network at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday. Cruz’s dress, which she paired with Swaroswki jewels, was adorned with crystals and feathers.

Wasp Network is written and directed by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper) and centers on five Cuban spies working in the United States during the 1990s who are held as prisoners for espionage and murder. The film also stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Edgar Ramirez, Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas.


Cruz also made a splash at the Venice Film Festival this year by commenting on what she perceives is the damaging effects of technology on mental development.

“I have my personal war with it,” the mother of two told reporters at the Venice film festival.

“I wish we could have lived in the 1990s for a little longer. For mental health issues that would have helped a lot, because I think things are going at a speed that we are unprepared for,” she added.

Cruz, who is married to fellow Spanish actor Javier Bardem, also said she hopes the world comes to realize the dangers the evolution of technology can have on the environment.

“I hope that there will be a movement for people to live in a different way, that will value a different pace, which leads us to the other big issue, what happens to the environment,” Cruz stressed.