Kirsten Stewart will receive the prestigious Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) and celebrate her latest film SEBERG in which she plays the title character, Jean Seberg. The film receives its Swiss premiere on Wednesday October 2nd.
Festival Co-directors Nadja Schildknecht & Karl Spoerri commented: “Although she could have been involved in blockbuster movies after the TWILIGHT series, Stewart has consistently opted for artistically engaged indie films by writers such as Walter Salles, Olivier Assayas and Ang Lee. She succeeded the difficult balancing act between Mainstream and Arthouse in an exemplary way. With her fearless portrayal of Jean Seberg she once again proves to be one of the most versatile actresses of our generation.”
Inspired by true events, SEBERG tells the story of À bout de souffle (Breathless) star and darling of the French New Wave, Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by the illegal FBI surveillance program COINTELPRO.
Seberg’s political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal made her a target of the FBI’s ruthless attempts to disrupt, discredit and expose the Black Power movement. An ambitious young FBI agent, Jack Solomon, is assigned to surveil her, only to find his fate dangerously interwoven with her own.
Directed by Benedict Andrews SEBERG is written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, it stars Kristen Stewart as Jean Seberg, and also stars Jack O’Connell, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Yvan Attal, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney, Vince Vaughn, Anthony Mackie, Jade Pettyjohn, Grantham Coleman, James Jordan. The film is produced by AUTOMATIK (Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones) IndiKate (Kate Garwood), Totally Commercial Films (Stephen Hopkins), Bradley Pilz Productions (Bradley Pilz), and Encrypted Productions (Marina Acton, Alan Ritchson).
The 15th Zurich Film Festival takes place from September 26 to October 6, 2019.