Maria Sharapova, 34, beamed when she stepped onto the Venice Film Festival 2021 red carpet on Sunday, slipping into a stunning chiffon gown at the premiere of Lost Illusions.
Elsewhere, Charlotte Gainsbourg looked sensational in a thigh-skimming black gown when she attended the premiere of her upcoming film Sundown.
Stepping out in the chic strapless number, The star, 49, teamed her short frock with knee-high sparkly boots.
Wow: Maria Sharapova, 34, beamed when she stepped onto the Venice Film Festival 2021 red carpet on Sunday, slipping into a stunning chiffon gown at the premiere of Lost Illusions
Maria’s show-stopping gown boasted high-neck, ruffle detailing and the superstar athlete teamed the piece with a beautiful pair of drop earrings.
The tennis player wore her hair swept into a chic bun and added height to her frame in white heels.
Antonio Banderas – who stars in the Xavier Giannoli directed film – put on a romantic display with his partner Nicole Kimpel at the premiere.
Charlotte wore her brunette hair loose and posed for photographers alongside Tim Roth, who stars alongside her in Michel Franco’s dark comedy.
Also stepping out in Italy on day five of the festival was Jessica Chastain, who was ferried in by water taxi to the star-studded event.
Standing tall: The tennis player wore her hair swept into a chic bun and added height to her frame in white heels
Cuffs: The star’s stunning dress also featured cuffed sleeves
Minimal: Maria opted for minimal make-up
Romantic: Antonio Banderas – who stars in the Xavier Giannoli directed film – put on a romantic display with his partner Nicole Kimpel at the premiere
Holding hands: Antonio, 61, and investment banker Nicole held hands while posing for photos
Supportive: Ever the doting partner, Nicole made sure to support her man at the premiere of his new film
Dapper: The Spanish actor looked dapper in a navy suit
With her flame-hued tresses falling in loose curls past her shoulders, the actress, 44, looked typically stylish in a burgundy jumpsuit and kept the sunshine at bay behind sunglasses.
Kate Hudson, The Crown actress Olivia Williams and fashion mogul Jessica Wang were also seen on day five of the prestigious festival.
Olivia looked radiant when she stepped onto the Kinéo Award red carpet on Sunday alongside her actor husband Rhashan Stone.
Slipping into a sweeping yellow gown for day five of the Venice Film Festival, the actress, 52, beamed for photographers while posing by her 51-year-old husband’s side.
Olivia – who will be taking over the role of Camilla Parker Bowles in the fifth season of The Crown – wore her hair swept back and accessorised with chic drop earrings, while Rashan cut a dapper figure in a smart black suit.
The 2021 Venice Film Festival will take place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world’s oldest awards ceremonies and one of the ‘Big Five’ events.
The jury is headed by Parasite frontman Bong Joon Ho, who said he is ‘honoured to be woven into its beautiful cinematic tradition.
All in the details: Charlotte carried a small black bag and accessorised with a delicate necklace and bracelet
Boots: The actress made sure all eyes were on her sparkly boots
Working her best angles: Charlotte worked her best angles while posing for photographers on the red carpet
Scalloped: The hem of Charlotte’s dress was scalloped
‘As president of the jury — and more importantly as a perpetual cinephile — I’m ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I’m filled with genuine hope and excitement.’
The jury is also comprised of director Saverio Costanzo, actress Virginie Efira, star Cynthia Erivo, actress Sarah Gadon, documentarian Alexander Nanau, and director Chloé Zhao.
This year’s festival also invited two Afgan filmmakers, Sahraa Karimi and Sahra Mani, to discuss the Taliban’s takeover of the country, with ‘particular attention to the situation of filmmakers and artists’.
Carefully: The star carefully exited a cab
All smiles: Charlotte was all smiles when she arrived at the event
Co-stars: Charlotte wore her brunette hair loose and posed for photographers alongside Tim Roth, who stars alongside her in Michel Franco’s dark comedy
Director: Charlotte and Tim also posed with Sundown director Michel Franco
The topic of the panel will be ‘the dramatic situation of Afghan filmmakers and artists in general, the need for the creation of humanitarian corridors and the guarantee of the granting of political refugee status, as well as concern for their future and the need to provide for their accommodation once they arrive in Europe.’
Oscar-winning Italian director Roberto Benigni, who helmed the acclaimed Life is Beautiful, will also be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
In a statement he said: ‘My heart is full of joy and gratitude. It is an immense honour to receive such an important recognition of my work from the Venice International Film Festival.’
Ferry: Also stepping out in Italy on day five of the festival was Jessica Chastain, who was ferried in by water taxi to the star-studded event
Chic: Kate Hudson set pulses racing as she went braless in a sizzling gown at the premiere of her new film Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday
Wave: The star took time for fans as she walked up the red carpet
Cleavage: The star looked sensational as she posed up a storm
Hug: Kate embraced Ana Lily Amirpour on the red carpet
Regal: Earlier in the day Kate looked regal in a layered number as she attended the photocall for Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon
This year’s festival has also seen the grand return of its star-studded red carpet premieres, after last year’s event was drastically scaled back due to the Covid pandemic.
Last year’s occasion saw a significantly smaller number of guests in attendance, will all red carpet arrivals required to adhere to social distancing, with temperature checks and mask wearing mandatory at the event.
Despite its return, this year’s festival is still adhering to strict Covid guidelines, following a rise in cases in Italy.
Public access to the red carpet is banned, and more than 10 testing stations have been set up.
All attendees must show proof of a negative test or vaccination to enter a screen, and masks are required indoors.
Prestigious: The 2021 Venice Film Festival will take place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world’s oldest awards ceremonies
Boat chic: Maria was also seen in a chic cream ensemble earlier in the day
Designer girl: Fashion mogul Jessica Wang looked a beauty in a bright orange mini dress, which she explained to her followers on her Instagram story was ‘Versace’
Fashionista: Jessica told Fashion Week Daily, ‘I had always been interested in fashion and since blogging was becoming a thing at the time, I decided to try my hand at it’
Radiant: Olivia Williams, 52, looked radiant when she stepped onto the Kinéo Award red carpet on Sunday alongside her actor husband Rhashan Stone, 51
Yellow: Slipping into a sweeping yellow gown for day five of the Venice Film Festival, the actress beamed for photographers
Loved-up: The couple put on a loved-up display
Hair up: Olivia wore her hair swept back and accessorised with chic drop earrings, while Rashan cut a dapper figure in a smart black suit
Wow: Romanian actress Madalina Ghenea turned heads in a beautiful black dress complete with dramatic train
Glamour: Italian actress Donatella Finocchiaro (L) exuded glamour in a sequins and black tailored trousers
Making a statement: Actress Salomé Dewaels posed in a stunning tassel dress that featured a sheer bust
Nails: The screen star rocked a chic black manicure