Kristen Stewart made a name for herself in mainstream films such as Panic Room, Zathura: A Space Adventure and, most famously, the teenage romance blockbuster series Twilight. While she has doubled in independent cinema throughout her career, she only recently began attracting critics’ attention through the acting skills she displayed alongside Stars such as Juliette Binoche and Laura Dern in films like The Clouds of Sils Maria, Certain Women, and Personal Shopper.
Now, Stewart has delved into the indie world even deeper, by going behind the camera. Her directorial debut, the short film Come Swim, premiered at Cannes Film Festival in January and received favorable reviews.
Rejecting linear narrative in favor of avant-garde and surreal imagery, the featurette offers an abstract depiction of internal turmoil. It focuses on a young man who struggles to lead a normal life while unraveling under the pressure of anxiety and heartbreak.
Stewart described Come Swim as the “most satisfying” project of her career. “As an actor, you’re like a little thing that can help everyone feel this, but when it comes from you — it’s like validation in the most ultimate,” she explained.
Come Swim is part of digital media and entertainment company Refinery29’s female filmmaker-focused Shatterbox Anthology series. It’s produced by David Ethan Shapiro and features a score by St. Vincent.
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