Stewart, who has had a rocky relationship with Hollywood since her blockbuster “Twilight” days, may further alienate studios with her remarks.
“What is really obvious and apparent is the difference between why people make movies in France and why people make movies in the States,” she told Reuters News Service today (May 18).
“I like the fact that people aren’t dying to make a bunch of money and win a popularity contest; they’re actually just desirous of telling stories, so I feel at home here,” she added.
Ironically, she praised French cinema on the same day that her latest movie, French director Olivier Assayas’s “Personal Shopper,” became the first picture booed at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
It premiered last night and is in contention for the Festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or.
Stewart also co-stars with Jesse Eisenberg in Woody Allen’s film, “Cafe Society”, which opened the festival, although it’s not competing for an award.
Stewart is adored in France.
She won a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress in last year’s film “Clouds of Sils Maria,” also directed by Assayas. She has never won or even been nominated for a similar award in the United States.
Last month, Festival director Thierry Fremaux pronounced Kristen “Queen of Cannes” during a pre-festival ceremony.
Stewart is also the face of Chanel, France’s premiere fashion house.
For her part, the actress said she’s always been committed to independent films.
“‘Twilight’ may have sort of distracted people from what I had been doing for a long time. There were five ‘Twilight’ films and in between each one of them I did an independent movie,” she said.
Indeed, she starred in such films as “Adventureland,” the little-known “The Yellow Handkerchief,” “Welcome to the Rileys,” with James Gandolfini, Beat Generation film “On The Road,” and Joan Jett biopic “The Runaways.”
None of the movies were particularly well-reviewed and critics have long been divided on Stewart’s acting ability. The story is much the same with “Personal Shopper.”
The film is getting mixed reviews among critics who’ve seen it at the festival and Stewart is drawing some of the heat. The film has a “rotten” 55 rating so far on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
“Personal Shopper descends into fragmentation and alienation, and not always rewardingly. It also doesn’t help that Stewart’s fidgety, mechanical performance indulges some of her worst acting tics,” wrote Village Voice critic Bilge Ebiri.
Time Out critic Guy Lodge, on the other hand, had nothing but praise for Stewart and the film.
“Amid all the shifting mirrored surfaces and hazy ambiguities of Olivier Assayas’s bewitching, brazenly unconventional ghost story, this much can be said with certainty: Kristen Stewart has become one hell of an actress,” he wrote.
Hollywood trade rags, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter split. The former praised it, while the latter panned it.
At this point, it’s hard to say where Stewart’s Hollywood career is heading. She has two other films in the works this year, drama “Certain Women” and Iraq war drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
She may still be feeling some residual bad feelings over her cheating scandal with “Snow White and the Huntsman” Director Rupert Sanders and her open lesbian relationships may hurt ability to play a convincing romantic lead.
But there’s always France.
Check out her photos from the “Personal Shopper” red carpet and a trailer for the movie released during the festival earlier.
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