“We stalk each other. I stalk people. I get stalked,” said Kristen Stewart when discussing the implications of her film “Personal Shopper” at the New York Film Festival. She and director Olivier Assayas held a Q&A with press and industry on October 6 (watch above). The film is a supernatural thriller about Maureen (Stewart), who buys designer clothes for a vain celebrity but is also a spiritual medium waiting for a sign from her recently deceased twin brother.
But when Maureen receives mysterious text messages the film opens up questions about the conflicting desires for privacy and notoriety in the digital age. “Certainly this notion of surveillance and how it’s so strong and powerful in modern culture is one of the issues in the film — how we deal with it,” Assayas explained.
Stewart added, “I think Maureen wants to be entirely invisible, but at the same time really seen. She struggles with that, and that’s pretty much everyone right now … I don’t have any public social-media things that I engage with, but I ultimately want to be seen. And we think we have more control over that now than we’ve ever had because we have it in our hands, but we have none.”
Stewart and Assayas also discussed whether or not they themselves believe in ghosts: “There’s so much we don’t see that we know to be true,” said Stewart, and whether or not ghosts exist in the way we often see them in film and television, “I feel people fucking intrinsically.”