Back in the “Twilight” days, few would have predicted that Kristen Stewart would be the toast of the Cannes Film Festival a few short years later. Yet here we are in 2016, with the ascendant actress headlining two of the Competition’s most high-profile titles. One of these, opening-night selection “Café Society,” premiered last night to moderate praise; the other, “Personal Shopper,” re-teams her with “Clouds of Sils Maria” director Olivier Assayas. Ahead of its premiere, we now have a clip and a poster to give a more complete sense of what the French drama entails.
In the first scene, Stewart’s character explains that her twin brother died in Paris — hence her being there in the first place — and that they’d previously made a pact: Whoever died first would send the other a sign from beyond the grave. The siblings are both self-proclaimed mediums, and Stewart’s character is confident she’ll “just know it” when he reaches out. The second finds her and a colleague at work, going through clothes for their high-powered employer.
Stewart won a César (read: France’s equivalent of the Oscar) for her performance in “Sils Maria,” making her the first American actress to do so. “Café Society” opens stateside on July 15 and “Personal Shopper” doesn’t have a release date yet.