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

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The only Irish representative in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Element Pictures and director Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer, premiered for critics at the prestigious festival this morning to wide applause (and some boos).

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

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 worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Nicole Kidman said yesterday that she still tackles roles like a 21-year-old after the premiere of her shocking new horror movie at the Cannes film festival.

Nicole stars alongside Irish actor Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer; which tells the tale of a heart surgeon (played by Colin) who operates on a man while he is drunk and kills him.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, known for his extreme and freakish style, the film follows an intense relationship between a teenage boy and a heart surgeon (Colin Farrell), which spirals out of control and drags Farrell's wife (Kidman), teenage daughter and young son into an impenetrable game of Russian roulette.

"The Killing of the Sacred Deer" is one of the 19 films selected to compete for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) in the main competition selection. "I'm at that place in my life where I try to act as though I'm 21 and just starting my career".

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"I don't have to work but I do because it is still my passion, the way in which I express myself", the 49-year-old Oscar victor said. Speaking of Big Little Lies, Ms. Kidman says the HBO series is one of her favorite projects, because it gave her the experience of producing, as well as acting. I work because it is still my passion. "I did Paddington", she said, referencing the 2014 family comedy. "To a young actress I always say: 'Find out who you are".

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