Kristen Stewart Wows at Cannes Debut of “Clouds of Sils Maria”
Kristen Stewart wowed fans and critics alike at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as she promoted her new film, Clouds of Sils Maria. The 24-year-old actress received a standing ovation for her role as Valentine in the new Olivier Assayas’ drama, heading to select theaters and the IFC network later this year.
Clouds of Sils Maria shows a complicated relationship between an aging actress (Juliette Binoche) and her assistant (Stewart). In the film, the actress’s life falls apart as she takes a role in the re-staging of a play that made her famous 20 years ago, only this time, she playing the middle-aged character.
Chloe Grace Moretz plays the Hollywood starlet that takes the younger role in the play, the role Binoche had 20 years ago; a complicated love triangle between Juliette, Chloe, and Kristen ensues.
— Larry Richman (@larry411) May 23, 2014
Clouds of Sils Maria promises to show a different side of Kristen than the big-budget Hollywood flicks we’ve seen her in, such as Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen was also excited to take on a role that was a complete reversal of her everyday life – playing the lowly assistant instead of the Hollywood star. “For Kristen to play the assistant was hilarious,” said Binoche. “Those kind of details she knows more than I do, in a way, because she’s really in a world of paparazzi and all that. We had a lot of discussions about that.”
Clouds of Sils Maria is the most Kristen Stewart of any role I have seen her play… funny, interested, thinking, demanding & shy. #Cannes
— David Poland (@DavidPoland) May 23, 2014
Adds director Assayas about the making of the provocative Sils Maria: “Movies are exciting to make if they’re outside how they’re usually made — if you’re trying to invent a new way, or have a new take on something that no one thought was possible to reinvent.”
Kristen wasn’t the only Twilight star to represent at Cannes this year; ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson was there as well, promoting two films: Maps to the Stars and The Rover, both of which are earning Robert rave reviews as well. However there was no awkward run-in between the two; Robert made sure to leave the French Riveria before Kristen even arrived!
Check out the trailer for Clouds of Sils Maria below – do you think it’ll be Kristen’s best performance to date?
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