Peter Mikelbank and Ale Russian
May 16, 2017 02:09 PM


Nicole Kidman has her work cut out for her this year.

The actress and Cannes darling will be appearing in a slew of films at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival starting May 17.

“Nicole Kidman will be present at least two or three times,” the festival’s director General Thierry Frémaux said during a conference Thursday as he revealed this year’s exhibition slate, which has Kidman in four different projects. The Oscar winner will appear in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer in competition, and How to Talk to Girls out of competition. Kidman also appears in the Sundance TV hit Top of the Lake, starring Elisabeth Moss, which will screen a few episodes of its second season at the festival.

The actress has been a festival regular for years, sitting as part of the main jury in 2013 and starring in the 2014 opening film Grace of Monaco. Kidman is fresh off her acclaimed role in HBO’s Big Little Lies, with fans and critics alike speculating at least an Emmy nomination in her future.

But the actress denied she’s the “queen of Cannes,” telling Variety that she’s “just a hired actor going to Cannes on four different projects” while admitting that she’s not sure she’ll be able to hit all of the red carpets.

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Kidman with husband Keith Urban in 2013

The opening night film this year will feature Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg in French director Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts — a drama about moviemaking.

Kristen Stewart‘s directorial effort — the short film Come Swim about a relationship — will also be screened at the festival. “I wanted to externalize a literally internal thought process,” the actress told the Los Angeles Times. “I read through poems of mine from the past few years and I was like ‘I’m writing the same poem over and over. If I don’t make this movie I can’t move on.’”

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Other stars with splashy Cannes films this year include Elle FanningKirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton in Netflix’s Okja, Robert Pattinson in Good TimeMichelle Williams and Julianne Moore in Todd Hayne’s Wonderstruck, Diane Kruger in German film Aus del Nichts (In the Fade), Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman in Noah Baumbach’s Meyerowitz Stories and Al Gore with An Inconvenient Sequel.

The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival runs May 17 – 28.

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