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Saturday 19 October 2019

Surprise: Emotional Cruz given festival award from friend Bono

Actress Penelope Cruz receives a Donostia Award for her career from U2 singer Bono at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain last night. Photo: ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Penelope Cruz receives a Donostia Award for her career from U2 singer Bono at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain last night. Photo: ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

U2 frontman Bono presented an emotional Penelope Cruz with the prestigious Donostia Award on stage at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival last night.

The Spanish actress was delighted when her long-term friend appeared out of the blue to surprise her, presenting her with the award in recognition of her long career.

Penelope Cruz receives the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement from U2 singer Bono. Photo: REUTERS/Vincent West
Penelope Cruz receives the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement from U2 singer Bono. Photo: REUTERS/Vincent West

Wearing a white dress with a black belt, she looked delighted as she confessed that she has now realised two of her childhood dreams. One was to be a mother and the other to live life as a successful actress.

She dedicated the award to her two children, her husband, the actor Javier Bardem and the directors who she has worked with throughout her long career.

Bono was there to support the star, who is well known in her native Spain also for her charitable activities.

Prior to the event, festival director José Luis Rebordinos said: "We are delighted that Penelope Cruz, a marvellous actress we admire and whose footsteps we have also followed since the start of her career, has accepted to be the image of the San Sebastian Festival and to receive the Donostia Award."

Cruz said she was "full of emotion and gratitude".

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