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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #4. Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

Director: Olivier Assayas
Writer: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas returns with another English language Euro drama starring Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper. Their last collaboration was the Cannes premiered Clouds of Sils Maria, which snagged Stewart a Cesar for Best Supporting Actress (the first American to be awarded) and was one of the best theatrical releases of 2015. While Assayas was originally intending to film a project known as Idol’s Eye starring Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro, funding fell through before filming, paving the way for the director to re-team with Stewart for a film described as a ghost story set in the fashion underworld of Paris. Also re-teaming with Assayas DoP Yorick Le Saux (Carlos; Clouds of Sils Maria) and German star Lars Eidinger. Danish actor Anders Danielsen Lie (of Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31st) is also a notable cast member.

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Anders Danielsen Lie, Sigrid Bouaziz, Nora von Waldstatten

Production Co./Producers: CG Cinema’s , Arte France Cinema, Detailfilm, Scope Invest, Sirena Film

U.S. Distributor: IFC Films(domestic) Les Films du Losange (international)

Release Date: With the first stills of Stewart released in mid-December, we expect Assayas to be readying the film for another Cannes premiere, where he has competed four times previously.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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