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Nicole Kidman has 4 films at Cannes; welcomes challenges

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/22/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

CANNES, France (AP) — Nicole Kidman says having four films at the Cannes Film Festival this year was an unexpected confluence, but it was the result of her intention to "stay bold and open" to challenging material.

Actresses Elle Fanning, right, and Nicole Kidman embrace upon departure after the screening of the film How To Talk To Girls At Parties at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actresses Elle Fanning, right, and Nicole Kidman embrace upon departure after the screening of the film How To Talk To Girls At Parties at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Two of Kidman's movies at Cannes have debuted, including Yorgos Lanthimos's brutally dark comedy "The Killing of a Sacred Deer." As per Lanthimos' previous films ("The Lobster," ''Dogtooth"), the reaction in Cannes was sharply divided on the film, which looks at how a past error haunts the family of a surgeon (Colin Farrell).

Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Kidman says "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and her other Cannes entries reflect her continuing "rebel spirit."

Actress Nicole Kidman, right, and director Yorgos Lanthimos pose for photographers during the photo call for the film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman, right, and director Yorgos Lanthimos pose for photographers during the photo call for the film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The actress said her passion for acting remained strong and that she's "at a place in my life where I'm trying to pretend I'm still 21 and starting my career."

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