Cincinnati-shot film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' in top competition at 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Thriller stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell

CINCINNATI -- A film made in Cincinnati will be in competition for the top award at the Cannes Film Festival starting later this week.

"The Killing of a Sacred Deer," starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, debuts at Cannes next Monday. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film is billed as a psychological thriller with a supernatural element inspired by the works of ancient Greece tragedian Euripides.

Farrell plays a surgeon with a near-perfect life that begins to unravel after meeting a teenage boy with sinister intent. Kidman plays the surgeon's wife.

"Carol," also shot in Cincinnati, debuted at Cannes in 2015.

"Like 'Carol' two years ago, 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' shows that Greater Cincinnati is the home to world-class cinema," said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati.

She and others are leaving Wednesday to attend the festival in the south of France. Schlotman's organization is a not-for-profit dedicated to attracting, promoting and cultivating film, television and commercial production in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Nineteen films are competing for the Palme d’Or, the highest award at Cannes. "Wonderstruck," a film by "Carol" director Todd Haynes, is one of the other entries. 

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17 through May 28.

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