The 78th Venice International Film Festival, organised by La Biennale di Venezia, has returned after a hiatus and limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking place at The Lido of Venice (Italy), the oldest film festival in the world, kicked off on 1 September amidst mandatory temperature checks and much-awaited hype for the upcoming movies. The star-studded event will continue until 11 September, with stars walking the red carpet for movie premieres and screenings. The festival’s opening night movie was Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers, which got a five-minute standing ovation from the audience for a powerful performance by Penélope Cruz.

The stars are leaving no stone unturned in the fashion department as well. From Zendaya and Dakota Johnson to Timothée Chalamet and Benedict Cumberbatch, the entertainment industry’s finest have been heating up the red carpet.

These are some of the best red carpet looks from the 2021 Venice International Film Festival.

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