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With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to 'bold' material

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) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival.

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)

"I'm at that place in my life where I'm trying to pretend I'm 21 and starting my career," Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. "I want to try new things and support the filmmakers I believe in."

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's projects at Cannes include Yorgos Lanthimos's brutally dark family comedy "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," which premiered Monday. On Sunday, the actress' "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" - a 1970s punk-alien romantic romp by John Cameron Mitchell - debuted.

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)

Still to come is Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," a female-perspective remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film, and the second season of Jane Campion's acclaimed series "Top of the Lake," in which she plays a character she's described as a "radical feminist lesbian."

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's omnipresence at the festival - along with her typically royal poise on the red carpet - has earned her the nickname "Queen of Cannes."

Actors Sunny Suljic, from left, Nicole Kidman, and Raffey Cassidy 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 Actors Sunny Suljic, from left, Nicole Kidman, and Raffey Cassidy 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)

"That's sort of a confluence of events," said Kidman said of her extensive Cannes lineup. "It's not something I was aware would happen."

Actors Sunny Suljic, left, and 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 Actors Sunny Suljic, left, and 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)

But she did grant that the films, which follow her turn on the HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies" and her Oscar-nominated performance in "Lion," are the all the result of her resolution to "stay bold and open" to challenging material.

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. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © 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. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

"I still have that passion, at this age, for acting and cinema and storytelling and pushing boundaries and moving out of my comfort zone to try things with an abandon," said Kidman.

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. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © 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. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

As would be expected from Lanthimos' previous films ("The Lobster," ''Dogtooth"), the reaction in Cannes was sharply divided over the Greek filmmaker's latest. Both cheers and boos followed its morning screening, though critics largely praised Lanthimos' allegorical horror.

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)

"The material is brutal in accumulation," said Lanthimos. "We never dealt with it with seriousness. Nicole likes to say that I told her all the time that this is a comedy, and I believe that."

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 repeatedly spoke about her hunger as an actress, and her desire at this stage of her life to work with young and uncompromising filmmakers.

Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers 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/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers 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/Alastair Grant)

"I've worked a lot. I don't have to work. I work because it's my passion. I work because it's how I express myself," said Kidman. "I've always had that slightly rebel spirit where I don't want to conform and I want to find a way not to. That's who I am."

Actresses Elle Fanning, from left, Nicole Kidman and director John Cameron Mitchell pose for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actresses Elle Fanning, from left, Nicole Kidman and director John Cameron Mitchell pose for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant)

But Kidman also said she keeps her work life separate from her family with singer Keith Urban and her four children.

Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and director John Cameron Mitchell pose for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and director John Cameron Mitchell pose for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant)

"This film," she said of "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," ''my children will not be seeing."

Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant)

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Actresses Elle Fanning, left, and Nicole Kidman pose for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actresses Elle Fanning, left, and Nicole Kidman pose for photographers upon arrival at 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/Alastair Grant)

This story corrects the name of Kidman's husband to Keith Urban and the name of the HBO miniseries she appears in to "Big Little Lies."

Actors Alex Sharp from right, Elle Fanning, director John Cameron Mitchell and Nicole Kidman pose for photographers 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 Actors Alex Sharp from right, Elle Fanning, director John Cameron Mitchell and Nicole Kidman pose for photographers 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) Actresses Elle Fanning, right, and Nicole Kidman hug 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 hug 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)
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