Kristen Stewart has premiered her directorial debut, Come Swim, at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The Twilight actress’s enigmatic film has previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2017. The movie is reportedly inspired by Stewart’s romance with Robert Pattinson.
While premiering the 17-minute short film, Come Swim, the Personal Shopper actress seemed enthusiastic and attended to fans and the film festival crowd.
“I’m fully allowed to be like, ‘It speaks for itself!’ I don’t have to do anything. But thank you for letting me be here. I’m on the floor. I can’t believe it.”
The short movie is inspired by a painting in Stewart’s garage, which she had painted. It is about a man who is just rousing from sleep and is surrounded by a black canvas. The painting was, in turn, inspired by a poem Stewart wrote about that moment a person wakes up from sleep and the thoughts that hover around his mind. During her previous interview, the Twilight actress admitted that Come Swim is inspired by her personal love life.
The 27-year-old actress said that her previous relationships have inspired the movie, not denying the fact that it might have bits of her romance and fallout with Robert Pattinson. The short film marks an outstanding achievement in the career of the Twilight star.
“Oh dude, this movie is like full-frontal heartbreak. I’m definitely not shying away from that, that’s absolutely what it’s about. It’s that first fall to this existential netherworld. You can attack yourself with memories or, depending on perspective, you can take a step back and say, ‘Actually, it wasn’t so bad. That was fun, we did have fun and it was nice.’ I wasn’t fearful in confronting what this was about. I mean, I put a relationship right in the middle of it.”
With Cannes 2017, Kristen Stewart is also breaking the barrier of imposed dress codes. She debuted on the Cannes red carpet in a long, gray-patterned skirt with suspenders and a peach bandeaux on top. She paired her look with smokey eye makeup and strappy black heels. In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Personal Shopper actress clearly stated that no one should choose clothes for others now.
“There’s a distinct dress code, right? People get really upset at you if you don’t wear heels, or whatever. But you can’t ask people that anymore. It’s kind of a given. Like, if you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you cannot ask me either. Which is nice because even four years ago, that wasn’t a question.”
Kristen Stewart is definitely having a breakthrough career with her indie films. She has become the first American actress to win a César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Clouds Of Sils Maria. She even received the Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2011 for Welcome to the Rileys. Her other popular indie films that have premiered in international film festivals include Anesthesia, Equals, Certain Women, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Café Society.
The Twilight actress will be next seen in biographical thriller film Lizzie, which is about Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the ax-murders of her father and stepmother in Massachusetts, in 1892. She will also be playing a mechanical engineer’s role in the film Underwater, which will be directed by William Eubank.
The adventure-thriller will release next year and also stars T. J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, and Jessica Henwick. The film will portray an underwater crew of researcher who fights for survival after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. Kristen Stewart especially got the buzz-cut for her role in the movie and called it a “practical move,” explaining that she would not get to do touch-ups between shots.
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