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Nicole Kidman defends Grace of Monaco at Cannes press conference

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May 14, 2014 | 2:13pm EDT

Nicole Kidman and her Grace Of Monaco director Olivier Dahan addressed the conflict over their new movie at a press conference on Wednesday (14May14), before the film opened this year's Cannes Film Festival. Prince Albert of Monaco and his sisters have condemned the film, in which Kidman portrays their late mother, but Dahan and his leading lady were keen to downplay the controversy surrounding the movie as they prepared for its premiere on Wednesday night.

Their film centres upon relations between Grace Kelly and her husband, Monaco's Prince Rainier III, when she revealed she was considering a break from royal life to return to Hollywood. The couple's children insists the film "recounts one rewritten, needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco and its family with both major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes."

Responding to the royal family's latest attack at the press conference, Kidman said, "Obviously, I feel sad because I think the film has no malice towards the family or particularly towards Grace or Rainier. It's fictionalised obviously. It is not a biopic. There is the essence of truth, but with a lot of these things you take dramatic license at times."

She added, "It's awkward, is what it is. I still have respect and I want them to know that the performance was done with love and I want them to know if they ever do see it, they would see that there is an enormous amount of affection for both their parents and the love story of their parents."

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