Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Q&A: Olivier Assayas, 'Personal Shopper'

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Q&A: Olivier Assayas, 'Personal Shopper'

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Kristen Stewart stars in the Clouds Of Sils Maria director's latest feature, which plays in Competition at Cannes.

Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart first appeared at Cannes together in 2014 for Clouds Of Sils Maria and are back in Competition this year with ghost story Personal Shopper.

In a haunting, revealing performance, Stewart plays Maureen, who is trying to contact her dead twin brother whilst also holding down a job as a stylist to a narcissistic celebrity.

Assayas speaks to Screen about casting Stewart and delving into a spirit world.

Did you have Kristen Stewart in mind when you were writing Personal Shopper?

It was a complicated process. I would never have written the part of Maureen this way if I had not worked with Kristen on Clouds Of Sils Maria. At the time, I thought this might be a bit too extreme for her.

What changed your mind?

Kristen happened to be in Paris when I was finishing the screenplay. …

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