Nicole Kidman Will Have Four Projects at Cannes 2017

The Cannes Film Festival’s just announced 2017 lineup is heavy on Nicole Kidman projects, and politics. Plus, Kristen Stewart also makes her directorial debut.

Craig McDean

The media narrative around Nicole Kidman’s triumph in Big Little Lies has been odd. Some have claimed that the series included her best acting in years and that she’s finally “back.” Others have taken to defending Kidman as a consistently great actress worthy of respect.

Listen, Kidman doesn’t need the defense. She’s done tons of fine work over the past decade (she literally just came off an Oscar nomination for Lion). It speaks for itself, even if she has a habit of doing that work in riskier, artier films.

Indeed, right on cue, Kidman will be the unofficial queen of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. She’ll have four separate projects screen at the festival, whose 2017 lineup was just announced Thursday morning.

First is her role as the headmistresses of a secluded all-girls school in Sofia Coppola’s Southern Gothic spooker The Beguiled. That film will face-off in competition against The Killing of the Sacred Deer, another Kidman film helmed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (most recently of The Lobster). If Kidman is queen of this year’s Cannes, Colin Farrell might be her surprising king. He co-stars in both films.

Meanwhile, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, the latest from Hedwig & the Angry Inch director John Cameron Michael, who last directed Kidman in Rabbit Hole—another part that got Kidman an Oscar nomination—will premiere out of competition. That film finds Kidman co-starring once again with her Beguiled cast-mate Elle Fanning, who seems to be serving in the role of Cannes princess.

Kidman’s fourth project at the festival is, surprisingly, a TV series. For the first time in the festival’s history Cannes will formally provide a showcase for some TV shows, and the second season of Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake will premiere in France. Longtime Campion collaborator Kidman has a small but important role this season. (The other TV project is, of course, David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks sequel).

The fest will also premiere the latest projects from notable directors Todd Haynes, Michael Haneke, Bonn Joon-ho and Noah Baumbach (Incidentally, those last two films are Netflix exclusives) Alejandro González Iñárritu will also premiere a virtual reality film, though out of competition.

Oh, and someone named Kristen Stewart will be premiering their directorial debut, a short film titled Come Swim.

Here’s the full lineup:


Ismael’s Ghosts, dir: Arnaud Desplechin (Out of Competition)


Top of the Lake: China Girl, directors: Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman

24 Frames, dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Twin Peaks, dir: David Lynch

Come Swim, dir: Kristen Stewart


Carne Y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), dir: Alejandro G Inarritu


An Inconvenient Sequel, dirs: Ronni Cohen & Jon Shenk

12 Jours, dir: Raymond Depardon

They, dir: Anahita Ghazinizadeh

Keul-Le-Eo-Ui-Ka-Me-La (Clair’s Camera), dir: Hong Sangsoo

Promised Land, dir: Eugene Jarecki

Napalm, dir: Claude Lanzmann

Demons In Paradise, dir: Jude Ratman

Sea Sorrow, dir: Vanessa Redgrave


AK-Nyeo (The Villainess), dir: Jung Byung-gil

Bulhandang (The Merciless), dir: Byun Sung-hyun

Prayer Before Dawn, dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire


Mugen Non Junin, (Blade Of The Immortal), dir: Takashi Miike

How To Talk To Girls At Parties, dir: John Cameron Mitchell

Visages, Villages, dir: Agnes Varda & JR


Barbara, dir: Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)

La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride), dirs: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato

Tesnota (Closeness), dir: Kantemir Balagov

Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty And The Dogs), dir: Kaouther Ben Hania

’Atélier, dir: Laurent Cantet

Fortunata (Lucky), dir: Sergio Castellitto

Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter), dir: Michel Franco

Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Lerd (Dregs), dir: Mohammad Rasoulof

En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), dir: Karim Moussaoui

Apres La Guerre (After The War), dir: Annarita Zambrano

Wind River, dir: Taylor Sheridan

Jeune Femme, dir: Leonor Serraille

Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach

Posoki (Directions), dir: Stephan Komandarev

Out, dir: Gyorgy Kristof


Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Good Time, dirs: Benny and Josh Safdie

You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay

L’Amant Double, dir: François Ozon

Jupiter’s Moon, dir: Kornel Mundruczo

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

The Day After, dir: Hang Sangsoo

Redoubtable, dir: Michel Hazanavicius

Wonderstruck, dir: Todd Haynes

Happy End, dir: Michael Haneke

Rodin, dir: Jacques Doillon

The Beguiled, dir: Sofia Coppola

In the Fade, dir: Fatih Akin

The Meyerowitz Stories, dir: Noah Baumbach

Okja, dir: Bong Joon-ho

120 Battements Par Minute, dir: Robin Campillo

Hikai (Radiance), dir: Naomi Kawase

A Gentle Creature, dir: Sergei Loznitsa

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