Arts and Entertainment Pedro Almodovar arriving at a gala screening of I'm So Excited at the Hackney Picture House, London.

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A love letter to all aspects of movie-making, Pedro Almodovar's latest is also a heightened, noirish melodrama revolving around an affair between a director (Lluis Homar) and the star of his new film (Penélope Cruz), who also happens to be the mistress of that film's producer.

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It's been quite a week of celebrating the new Pedro Almodovar film, Broken Embraces. The Spanish director and his star, Penelope Cruz, arrived for a special screening of the film, in association with The Independent, followed by an on-stage interview at the BFI Southbank on Saturday night.

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In Spain, Penelope Cruz’s award for best supporting actress was hailed as a national triumph. Her performance in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as the unstable ex-wife of Javier Bardem’s sex-crazed character, makes her the first Spanish actress to win one of the Academy’s gold statuettes.

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A luminous Penelope Cruz, who had wowed the audience in a ruffled black dress at the screening of her latest film, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, may have gone home early and given the after-party a miss but Britain's film glitterati congregated to let their hair down nonetheless at the Sky Movies HD gala bash for the London Film Festival.

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