Personal Shopper's Olivier Assayas interview: 'I don't think I would've written this screenplay if I had not known Kristen Stewart'

The French film director Olivier Assayas is sitting in London’s Mayfair hotel, reflecting on the Cannes Film Festival. Last year, his latest film Personal Shopper split the critics – gaining as many five-star raves as one-star trashings. Then he won Best Director. “Cannes is a strange place,” he muses. “It’s a place where the press feel guilty, because they spend two weeks partying, drinking, going from cocktail [party] to cocktail [party]. And they feel as bad about it [so] they want to have social movies about how people suffer in the world…and I don’t make social movies.“

A former critic

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