‘The Killing of a Sacred Dear,’ ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ and ‘Top of the Lake’ will
make the actress a regular face at this year’s festival.
Nicole Kidman will probably need to bring a few red carpet looks to Cannes this year.
The actress is appearing in not one, but four titles heading to the 70th edition of the festival, as revealed Thursday morning by fest director Thierry Fremaux.
Kidman stars in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer alongside Colin Farrell, which is screening in the main competition. Also in competition is Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, which stars Kidman and Farrell again, plus Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
Out of competition, the actress appears in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, the sci-fi film from John Cameron Mitchell based on a Neil Gaiman short story.
Finally, the actress is also in the second season of Top of the Lake, Jane Campion’s acclaimed TV drama from production house See-Saw Films. Episodes will be screened in Cannes as a special event.
No stranger to Cannes, Kidman was on the main jury in 2013. She also starred in the notorious opener Grace of Monaco in 2014, which sparked some of the fiercest critical responses of recent years.
A24, the scrappy New York-based distributor that dramatically waltzed away with the best picture Oscar in February after being on the block for just over four years, has announced a prime awards-season release for what could be yet another contender this year.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which was announced this week as part of the Cannes Film Festival competition lineup, will hit theaters on Nov. 3 in limited release. The movie, which stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, tells the story of a surgeon who forms a familial bond with a sinister teenage boy, with disastrous results. Bill Camp, Alicia Silverstone, and Barry Keoghan also star.
A24 did well by Lanthimos last season, securing an original screenplay nomination for his absurdist dystopian black comedy “The Lobster” (co-written by Efthimis Filippou). The previous year, the distributor netted best picture and surprise best director recognition for Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” as well as a best actress prize for Brie Larson.
Other films on deck for A24 this year include David Lowery’s sublime Sundance player “A Ghost Story” with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, as well as hotly anticipated follow-ups from filmmakers Andrew Haigh (“Lean on Pete”) and David Robert Mitchell (“Under the Silver Lake”).