Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso bump into Penelope Cruz as they leave Venice

Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso ran into Penelope Cruz on Saturday as the stars left Venice following the city’s 78th International Film Festival. 

The high-grossing actor, 50, was spotted embracing the Spanish actress, 47, before he and Luciana, 45, stopped to have a chat with her. 

Matt and Penelope were previously co-stars, having appeared in the 2000 romantic western film All The Pretty Horses. 

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Big greeting: Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso bumped into Penelope Cruz as the stars left Venice following the International Film Festival on Saturday

The unexpected meeting appeared to go down a treat as the trio stood around and caught up with one another. 

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Luciana cut a glam figure in the Italian city, donning a black ensemble with elegant wedges. 

She styled her hair poker straight and teamed the look with large sunglasses as she was spotted holding her husband’s hand.

Hand-in-hand: Luciana, 45, cut a glam figure in the Italian city, donning a black ensemble with elegant wedges

Greeting: The high-grossing actor, 50, was spotted embracing the Spanish actress, 47, before he and Luciana stopped to have a chat with her

Way back when: Matt and Penelope pictured in All The Pretty Horses in 2000

Chic: Penelope meanwhile also looked typically stylish, wearing a scarlet Chanel jumper and cropped jeans

Penelope meanwhile also looked typically stylish, wearing a scarlet Chanel jumper and cropped jeans. 

The model emphasised her height in sophisticated heels and carried her belongings in a large black bag. 

Matt kept things laid-back for the day, stepping out in a shirt and jeans that he paired with trainers. 

Smiles: The model emphasised her height in sophisticated heels and carried her belongings in a large black bag

Leaving Venice: Matt kept things laid-back for the day, stepping out in a shirt and jeans that he paired with trainers

Donning Chanel: Penelope was also spotted smiling and waving at the camera before boarding a luxe taxi boat

Wow: The star rocked her fashion sense, a hint of a silver belt completing her flared jeans 

Sweet: Penelope and her husband Javier Bardem, 52, enjoyed a trip on a taxi boat

Top notch travel: Javier, also a Spanish actor, is renowned for his role in the western drama film No Country for Old Men

Cosy: The couple cosied up for the boat trip

Waving: The pair looked chilled out as they prepared to embark on their journey

Grinning in black sunglasses, he also carried a large rucksack as he prepared to depart from the stunning city. 

Penelope was also spotted smiling and waving at the cameras before boarding a luxe taxi boat with her husband Javier Bardem, 52.

Javier, also a Spanish actor, is renowned for his role in the western drama film No Country for Old Men, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Glowing: Penelope consistently looked in good spirits as she prepared to depart Venice

Masked up: Director Sir Ridley Scott was also spotted leaving Venice airport on Saturday

The 2021 Venice Film Festival took place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world’s oldest awards ceremonies and one of the ‘Big Five’ events. 

The Last Duel was premiered at the ceremony on Friday – marking the first return of Matt’s writing partnership with Ben Affleck since their award-winning script for Good Will Hunting

The pair co-wrote the screenplay alongside Nicole Holofcener. 

Busy weekend: The Last Duel was premiered at the International Film Festival on Friday – marking the first return of Matt’s writing partnership with Ben Affleck since their award-winning script for Good Will Hunting

It follows the true story of Jean de Carrouges, a 14th century French knight who embarks on a fight to the death with former friend Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver).   

Originally, Matt and Ben were set to play the two leading roles in the film, but they ran into scheduling conflicts because of Ben’s film Deep Water, so Adam took over the role of Le Gris. 

Ben will instead star as Count Pierre d’Alençon. 

Filming began on the movie in February last year in France but the set was shut down in March due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Europe, before they returned to filming in September.

Matt was at the film’s next location in Ireland when lockdown began and, amid the travel ban, ended up isolating in the seaside resort of Dalkey, an affluent suburb of Dublin with his wife and four children for a few weeks.

The Last Duel had a scheduled released date of December 2020 but it has now been pushed back to October 15, 2021.

Collaboration: The Last Duel marks the first return of Ben Affleck’s writing partnership with Matt Damon since their award-winning script for Good Will Hunting