Kristen Stewart named head of International Jury at 2023 Berlinale

The American actor, screenwriter and director, not to mention all around fashionista, will preside over the 73rd edition of the festival, to be held from the 16th to the 26th of February, 2023.
Kristen Stewart named head of International Jury at 2023 Berlinale

Kristen Stewart is considered one of Hollywood’s major young talents. In 1999, at the age of nine, she celebrated her screen debut and just three years later, she starred alongside Jodie Foster, as her asthma afflicted daughter in David Fincher’s Panic Room, which achieved wider public recognition. Her international breakthrough though came with the five-part Twilight saga (2008–2012) which also launched the career of actor Robert Pattinson. The two played lovers on the screen but also started dating in 2009. In 2010, Stewart attended the Berlinale with the independent production Welcome to the Rileys, directed by Jake Scott and that same year, she received the Orange Rising Star Award for Best Newcomer at the BAFTAs.

In 2014, she played alongside Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, directed by French auteur Olivier Assayas, and in 2015 she became the first American to receive the French film award César for her role in the film. She continued her work with Assayas in 2016 on Personal Shopper, in which she played the lead. The film combined great fashions with a metaphysical story about a sister's search for her dead brother, in the signs around her.

The following year, the actress, who has also been an ambassador for the brand Chanel, while Karl Lagerfeld was still alive and headed the Maison, celebrated her directorial and screenwriting debut with the short film Come Swim and in 2018, she was a member of the International Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2019, she made a foray into the action genre in Charlie’s Angels (directed by Elizabeth Banks) and delivered a fascinating performance in the biopic Seberg (directed by Benedict Andrews) which celebrated its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. In 2020, she presented her next work as a director – the short film Crickets. Most recently, she wowed audiences as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s film drama Spencer, garnering nominations for an Academy Award and at the Critics Choice Awards for Best Actress. She has just completed production on Love Me, opposite Steven Yeun and just wrapped production on Love Lies Bleeding, directed by Rose Glass.

Kristen Stewart has become one of the most eminent international actors, thrilling audiences and critics alike. She is also a trendsetter, who can change fashion and beauty by just wearing a particular look on the red carpet or changing the color of her hair. She is currently working on her feature-length directorial debut, the film adaptation of the bestseller The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch. 

Stewart will be the youngest ever Jury President at Berlinale.

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