Saturday, April 29, 2017

Olivier Assayas talks 'Personal Shopper' and Kristen with The Nation News (Thailand)

In a country where films like “Fast & Furious 8” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” tend to dominate the big screen, it came as a welcome surprise to see that the film which won last year’s Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, had finally come to Bangkok.

Making the arrival of “Personal Shopper” even more special was the fact that its director, renowned French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, had come to Bangkok for a special screening at Alliance Francaise the day before the film opened at Thailand’s cinemas.

Assayas, who appeared pleased to be back in Bangkok, had just been told that that the film he scripted for Roman Polanski, “Based on a True Story”, starring Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seignier, has been added to Cannes’ official selection.

“Personal Shopper” is the second Assayas film to get a theatrical release in Thailand and marks the second time the director Assayas has come to the Kingdom to present a film. The last time was in 2005 when “Clean”, starring his exwife Maggie Cheung, was shown at the Bangkok International Film Festival.

“Personal Shopper” is his latest English speaking film and marks another big step forward in actress Kristen Stewart’s post “Twilight” career.

“I made this film in English because I wanted to work with Kristen and she speaks no French,” says Assayas. “I also liked the idea of making a movie in Paris in a kind of specific space, which is the fashion industry. Paris is the world’s capital of fashion, so it is a city that sees a lot of people coming to work and shop. It has a very globalised industry, and the language of that globalised industry is English, so it is realistic that someone who is an English speaker could be part of that ambience.”

The director’s earlier films like “Irma Vep”, “Clean” and “Demonlover”, all have dialogue in both French and English, but “Personal Shopper” and his 2014 drama “Clouds of Sils Maria” are totally in English, which has posed problems in getting financing at home.

“Shooting films in English is a burden as it prevents me from getting access to subsidies in France. They will support only French speaking films, so making ‘Personal Shopper’ was a challenge. At the same time, though, it gave me the freedom of working with different actors. I was able to work with Lars Eidinger, who was in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and is one of the greatest European actors today, and Nora von Waldstatten who was in ‘Carlos’,” says Assayas.

“Personal Shopper” marks the second time Assayas has worked with Stewart, whom he also cast in “Clouds of Sils Maria” as a young American girl serving as the assistant to international film star (Juliette Binoche).

In “Personal Shopper”, Stewart plays Maureen, a personal shopper for rich clients who lives in Paris and has a strange experience when she comes into contact with ghosts.

“When I was writing it, I was not completely sure this film was for Kristen, but ultimately it was. I think it has to do with how we met and how we functioned together. When we worked together in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’, I didn’t really know her. I wrote the part of a young American girl and could have picked another actress. But I’ve always like Kristen, but when we started shooting, I realised that there is much more to her than I had imagined. She is much more complex. I discovered her in the process of working on ‘Clouds’. She has a supporting role and it’s dependent on the weird dynamic between her and Juliette. Working with her made me want to try doing something more complex, a film where she would have more space to invent or create a character.”

Assayas adds that the idea of a personal shopper for celebrities didn’t cross his mind while he was writing the script. “To me it was about a young woman, a foreigner in Paris doing a job that didn’t give her satisfaction. She finds some sort of salvation in her own spiritual life. The story grew from that and at first I was not sure what job she could have. Initially I thought she might be a stylist, but a foreigner who can’t speak French can’t be in that field of work. It needs specific skills. So I think it was more believable for her to be a personal shopper, which is a job you can do when stuck in a foreign city and need to pay the rent.”


Friday, April 28, 2017

Chvrches' "Down Side of Me" music video directed by Kristen for Planned Parenthood

Click on pic for full view.

Director: Kristen Stewart
DP: Sean Steigmeirer 
Editor: Melanie Shaw
Colorist: Natasha Leonnet
Photograph: Lindsey Byrnes

The boxset compilation is now available for preorder.  
For more details on how to order go to 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kristen will co-chair the Brady Center Bear Awards Gala in Los Angeles on 7 June

Co-Chairs Dede Gardner, Adam McKay, and Kristen Stewart invite you to
the Los Angeles Brady Center Bear Awards Gala.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cocktails, Dinner & Auction
6:30 pm (PT).

NeueHouse Hollywood
6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles

The Bear Awards are given in memory of Jim "Bear" Brady to honor those who carry on his legacy in the fight for a safer America.

10.30pm ET/ Thurs 3.30am UK/ Thurs 4.30am CET/ Thurs 12.30pm AEST.

If you're in LA, you can get tickets to the gala. For more details on the event, please check their site.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Come Swim" will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in London on 2 June

"Come Swim" will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in London on 2 June at 7pm (UK).

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2017 program gives a taste to what the Festival offers. From laugh-out-loud fun to contemplative thoughts about the world we live in, audiences will encounter a variety of emotions and exciting filmmaking.

Come Swim (Director/Screenwriter: Kristen Stewart) – This is a diptych of one man's day, half impressionist and half realist portraits.

For tickets and more information check out the festival's site.


Friday, April 21, 2017

'Lizzie' co-star, Chloe Sevigny, mentions Kristen with Net-a-Porter

She’ll also star in psychological thriller Lizzie, alongside Kristen Stewart, based on the true story of Lizzie Borden who was accused of killing her father and stepmother. Sevigny plays the title role and describes Stewart, who plays maid Bridget Sullivan, as someone “who loves her craft. At that age, I didn’t have the confidence to fight for my ideas like she does. I learned a lot from her – and she’s 27 years old,” she says incredulously.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kate Flynn, from the band The Winter Passing, mentions Kristen

Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life. 

Director - M. Night Shyamalan, because for so many reasons my life is a contemporary supernatural plot line. Actor - Kristen Stewart, because Kristen Stewart.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hairstylist Bridget Brager talks about Kristen's buzz cut with Fashion Week Daily

Kristen’s buzz cut was a huge moment, and more women have buzzed their hair since, like Katy Perry. What was that conversation like?

Kristen had wanted to shave her head for the longest time. She’s never been able to do it because of work. There was an opportunity with her newest movie to decide who her character was. We were working together one morning and she mentioned that she wanted to shave her head, and I said, OK, we can totally do it. She flipped. She was like, We can do this today? I got in contact with Chanel, and we got the OK. We had an hour and a half before the premiere of her film, Personal Shopper. We dyed her hair platinum blonde and shaved her head. It was pretty intense. I was so nervous because they decide very last minute to do these kinds of things and you never know what kind of ride it’s going to be.


Teaser video for Chvrches' "Down Side Of Me" music video directed by Kristen for Planned Parenthood

The full music video for "Down Side of Me" by Chvrches, directed by Kristen, will be released on 28 April for the 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood compilation to benefit Planned Parenthood.