The former Twilight teen idol has definitely grown up and this institutional role is a testament to her undeniable artistic maturity.
The same honour has been held by the likes of Frank Capra and Gina Lollobrigida, Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, Tilda Swinton and Juliette Binoche. And now it's Kristen Stewart's turn: the 32-year-old Californian, who came to public attention in the Twilight saga, has won the honour of becoming president of the international jury of the 73rd Berlin Film Festival, which will take place in the German capital from 16 to 26 February 2023. The actress has been a regular at the Berlinale since 2010, when she premiered the independent film Welcome to the Rileys with James Gandolfini.
This year's festival promises to be very Hollywood, in contrast to the indie turn of recent years, not least because Steven Spielberg will receive the Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. The director will be back on the silver screen with his childhood revisit in The Fabelmans from March 2023 in France.
"We are truly delighted," commented the event's artistic directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, "that Kristen Stewart has accepted this prestigious task. She is one of the most remarkable talents of her generation. From Bella Swan to the Princess of Wales, she has created some truly powerful characters. Young, bright and already with an incredible career behind her, Kristen Stewart is the perfect bridge between the US and Europe."
Actress, director and soon to be producer
Kristen Stewart presented this year's futuristic drama at the Cannes Film Festival, Crimes of the Future with Viggo Mortensen after bringing the Spencer biopic about Lady Diana to life (which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination) and she has two new big screen projects in the works, comedies with very different scopes. In Love me, she shares the stage with Steven Yeun (Minari) and with Dave Franco in Love lies bleeding. In the meantime, she is writing a TV series with her screenwriter girlfriend Dylan Meyer (with whom she has been in a relationship since 2019) and is working as a producer on a story about a group of ghost hunters in the LGBT+ community.
She will also make her debut behind the camera in the film The Chronology of Water with Imogen Poots (The Father), based on the memoir of the same name by American writer Lidia Yuknavitch, after directing the short film Come Swin, for which she also wrote the script. The film tells the story of a woman with a disastrous family situation: despite an abusive father and a mother with suicidal instincts, she tries to juggle all sorts of problems in search of self-assertion and happiness.
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