How does she (Kristen Stewart, of course) do it? How does she manage to shine in every role, proving wrong that those who wrote her off following the premiere of Twilight? Stewart is once again the brightest light in the film, this time playing the magnificent Jean Seberg, the cult star of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film Breathless. Jean returns to the States from France. She’s full of hope and curious about the world around her, a world she hasn’t seen in a long time. She experiments, scutinizes, explores boundaries. She meets Hakim (Anthony Mackie), who introduces her to the world of the Black Panthers—it’s the late 1960s, and the FBI is involved in an unprecedented number of investigations of radical groups. Although Seberg is aware of the threat, her desire to support their actions and initiatives wins out. Andrews’ film gives us a completely new and incredibly sensitive view of Seberg, an actress immortalized by the flagship titles of the French New Wave. Seberg has a little naivety in her, as well as unstoppable strength. Behind the camera is Rachel Morrison, the first woman ever nominated for an Oscar for cinematography (Mudbound).
Benedict Andrews is an Australian theater, opera, and film director, as well as a poet and writer. He was born in Adelaide and lives in Reykjavik. He has directed his own versions of plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Tennessee Williams. He has worked in Sydney, London, Berlin, Vienna, New York, and Reykjavik, among other places. He was nominated for several major awards at festivals in London and Sydney for Una. Seberg premiered at the festivals in Venice and Toronto.