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The tragic fate of an American icon
Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Kristen Stewart gave a press conference in the Kursaal yesterday after the screening of her film Seberg accompanied by its director, Benedict Andrews. The film depicts how Seberg was targeted by the FBI in the late 1960s because of her political activism, and Andrews pointed out how some aspects of the period now feel really familiar as we can see the surveillance culture we now have in its infancy. “We see the DNA of what will grow up to be our culture.” He also stressed how he had tried to show the emotional cost of the use of surveillance to crush dissidents on both its victims and perpetrators by interweaving lives from both sides of the political spectrum.

For her part, Stewart confessed that what surprised her about Jean Seberg was how littleknown she really was despite being an icon and a legend and how the idealised image she had of the star of Breathless was gradually dismantled as she learnt how she was pushed over the edge by the FBI. She also stressed the importance of using her fame responsibly to stand up for humanitarian questions that she’d really like to do something about, such as climate change, gun control and feminism. As for her latest projects, Stewart mentioned “The Chronology of Water” an adaptation of the book by Lidia Yuknavitch, which she described as one of the most honest female coming-of-age stories that she had ever read. 

 

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