Rachel Weisz in Two Films Vying for Cannes Film Festival Top Prize

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Rachel Weisz has two chances for shining brightly at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The actress stars in La Giovinezza, an Italian-directed film that also stars Jane Fonda and Michael Caine. In addition, Weisz stars in a Greek entry, The Lobster, alongside Colin Farrell.

The star of The Mummy, Rachel Weisz is nothing if not amazingly versatile at her craft. Whether performing in a horror flick, a tear-jerker, or an action film--Weisz is on her game.

Rachel Weisz debuted in the film world back in 1994 in Death Machine, but her breakthrough came two years later when she appeared alongside Morgan Freeman and Keanu Reeves in Chain Reaction. In addition to these films, Weisz has appeared in Eragon, The Lovely Bones, The Bourne Legacy, Oz the Great and Powerful, and several more.

While appearing at Cannes, Rachel Weisz will show two sides to that versatility. La Giovinezza features two old friends vacationing at the foot of the Alps. They ponder about the confusion in their children's lives and seriously consider their careers.

In The Lobster, Weisz channels her inner sci-fi in a film where single people must find mates within 45 days or they are transformed into animals and released into a life in the woods.

In other Rachel Weisz news, the actress was chosen as one of Variety's Power of Women honorees. She received the honor for the work she does to help students attain college educations.

“Both my parents were immigrants and it was the most important thing that I go to a good university,” she told Variety.

The Cannes Film Festival entries don't represent down time for Rachel Weisz. She is presently working on The Light Between Oceans based on the book of the same name by M.L. Stedman.

Do you expect Rachel Weisz and one or both of her films will emerge a big winner at Cannes next month? The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 to May 24.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.