Madonna, wearing Gucci, presented the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema during a ceremony and private dinner hosted by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini on Friday, September 2, during the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Actress Jessica Chastain was awarded the inaugural Gucci Award for her performance in Terrence Malick’s movie The Tree of Life.

Madonna added “tonight’s the beginning of something very special … education is a subject I’m very passionate about, especially educating young women. And so is filmmaking.”