Clouds of Sils Maria

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

Kristen Stewart, not to be outdone by Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson’s partnership with David Cronenberg, set the arthouse world on fire with Clouds of Sils Maria, her first film with legendary French auteur Olivier Assayas (she also stars in his newest film, Personal Shopper, leading all of us to hope that the two keep working together). Stewart is the personal assistant to an international film star, played by the great Juliette Binoche; after the death of a playwright friend, the two ensconce themselves in his remote mountain home to rehearse lines. Barriers between the reality of their relationship, the fantasy of the play, and the world of the film itself quickly begin to blur. By the time Chloë Grace Moretz appears in a film-within-the-film as a gold leather-clad sci-fi warrior, well, things could get weirder. For Assayas fans, Clouds is a visual and emotional feast – and one of his most accomplished films in years. For newcomers, prepare for total cinematic envelopment as Kristen Stewart drives through the winding roads of Sils Maria set to Primal Scream.

Dir. Olivier Assayas, 2014, DCP, 123min