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Kristen Stewart Sils Maria setKristen Stewart: ’Sils Maria’ set photos

Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted a series of images showing Stewart, wearing a jacket and glasses, on the Sils Maria set. Warning: Be extremely careful when visiting the photo site where the Kristen Stewart images are stored. I’ve removed the link from this post because twice when clicking on the images, popups attempted to install phishing software. (Now, please scroll down to check out the "full-body" shot of the bespectacled Kristen Stewart in Sils Maria.)

Set in the Swiss area known as Sils Maria, writer-director Olivier Assayas’ movie tells the story of a middle-aged former stage star, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche, in a role written expressly for her), now living as a recluse in Switzerland. Maria’s seemingly placid existence is badly disturbed when her old mentor unexpectedly dies and a young director offers her a role in a movie based on the play that had originally made her a star. Now, however, Maria is to be cast in the part of the middle-aged character, while a young, rambunctious actress (Chloë Grace Moretz) will be cast in Maria’s old role — as the young woman who destroys the older one.

Where does Kristen Stewart fit into all this? Stewart is The Third Woman: Maria’s assistant and interlocutor, the troubled middle-aged actress’ connection with the outside world.

’Sils Maria’: Shades of Ingmar Bergman, Robert Altman, ’The Sound of Music’ — ’The Sound of Music’??

Once again, when reading about Sils Maria, I find it impossible not to think of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson as actress/patient and nurse) and Robert Altman’s Three Women (Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, and Janice Rule sort of blending into one).

Admittedly, because of Sils Maria’s trio of female stars, How to Marry a Millionaire (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall) and its various permutations (Three Blind Mice, The Greeks Had a Word for Them, etc.) invariably come to mind as well. And no, I don’t expect Sils Maria to have much else in common with the 20th Century Fox CinemaScope comedy. Nor do I expect Assayas’ movie to have much at all in common with Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music, but considering Sils Maria’s Alpine setting and the fact that Julie Andrews’ singing nun was called Sister Maria, how could that 1965 blockbuster not come to mind?

Curiously, Olivier Assayas has been quoted as saying that Sils Maria is "a Juliette Binoche movie about Juliette Binoche with Juliette Binoche." So, let’s forget How to Marry a Millionaire and The Sound of Music and think instead of … No, not that Joan Rivers TV movie. How about Diane Keaton in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall? But more dramatic. Or Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful. But less melodramatic. (Though Turner is at her best in that one.)

Anyhow, most moviegoers — hungry for original, quality fare (or so we’re told) — are eagerly awaiting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction (aka Transformers 4), Paranormal Activity 5, and/or Fast & Furious 7. I’m not that selective; I’m eagerly awaiting Sils Maria.

’Sils Maria’ cast

According to the IMDb, besides Chloë Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, and Juliette Binoche (who also starred in Olivier Assayas’ multiple award winner Summer Hours), the Sils Maria cast features Brady Corbett, Johnny Flynn, Lars Eidinger, Hanns Zischler, Alister Mazzotti, Claire Tan, Steffen Mennekes, and veteran Angela Winkler (of Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Schlöndorff’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Tin Drum).

Daniel Brühl (currently on screen in Ron Howard’s Rush, opposite Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth), Tom Sturridge (one of Stewart’s co-stars in Walter SallesOn the Road), and veteran Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire, Downfall) have also been mentioned as Sils Maria cast members. Update: Daniel Brühl has been replaced by Lars Eidinger, apparently because Brühl has been busy plugging Rush. Johnny Flynn has taken over the part originally intended for Tom Sturridge, who has been cast instead as one of the leads in Thomas Vinterberg’s remake of Far from the Madding Crowd, currently filming with Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen. On Twitter, one of the Sils Maria producers, Charles Gillibert (who also happens to be one of the On the Road producers), added that “Bruno Ganz has never been part of [the project].”

I should add that Kristen Stewart replaced initial Sils Maria choice Mia Wasikowska, who, coincidentally, was recently paired up with Stewart’s Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars — which also stars Julianne Moore, who plays Chloë Grace Moretz’s demented religious-freak mother in Carrie. See, it’s all connected.

Another update: According to Charles Gillibert — see comments section — Kristen Stewart was the actual first choice for the role of Juliette Binoche’s assistant Valentine, but schedule issues prevented Stewart from accepting the part. Enter Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska, who was later forced to quit the project. As per Gillibert, she left because of a previous commitment with Walt Disney Studios, though it’s unclear what “Pirates 2″ is — unless it’s Alice in Wonderland 2, even though production dates on that Disney project haven’t been announced. For now, Wasikowska has been cast in Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Anyhow, following schedule modifications Kristen Stewart was invited back into the Sils Maria fold and was now able to take on the role.

’Sils Maria’ release date

Sils Maria will likely come out some time in 2014. IFC Films, which released Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours, Carlos, and Something in the Air, in addition to Walter Salles’ On the Road, will distribute Sils Maria in the United States. Here’s hoping this latest Assayas’ effort will have better luck at the Academy Awards than his previous ones. (The widely admired Carlos was deemed ineligible for the Oscars because it had been originally made for television.)

Kristen Stewart Sils Maria filmingKristen Stewart filming ’Sils Maria’ on location

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40 Comments to Kristen Stewart SILS MARIA Set Photos

  1. Heather

    Kristen has many new movies coming up. Sils Maria, camp xray, equals, american ulta, snow white 2, still alice. And those are just the ones I know of. All of them are going to be amazing because k is amazing.

  2. Esther Frausto

    I hope she does good on this movie so people could let her move on and be happy wish you the best Kristen

  3. Ann

    I am so glad that Kristen took this movie. There is no way that her craft will not improve working with Juliette. She loves indie movies because they are meatier and have something to say. This girl has been working in the business since she was eight. No wonder she knows when an actor will be good in a part. She will make an awesome director one day, just like Jodie and Catherine. She is going to be noticed for this part and her part in camp x-ray. But the most important thing to her is that she did a good job and helped her fellow actors.

  4. Kick

    I’m also looking forward to seeing this movie . Juilette, Kristen and Chloe will be great together As for the haters that spend their time trolling for Kristen stories. Your comments say more about you than her.

  5. Amy

    Let me clarify: The people who are going to think negative things about how Kristen got a part are going to think what they want to think. They don’t care about the truth. They don’t want clarification. As you can see, the truth gets picked apart and doubted. Speculation gets treated like fact.

    I’m thankful that Charles Gillibert clarified things. It doesn’t make any difference in my mind, but I’m glad he put things in perspective.

  6. merlot

    Definitely looking forward to this movie…huge fan of Juliette & Kristen & the plot sounds very intriguing. Has there been any updates on The Big Shoe? Yet another movie with an intriguing plot. Personally I prefer the indies over the sewuels & prequels & whatever else Hollywood is going to send our way next summer.

  7. Amy

    @Katniss, in response to the question, “What other commitments?” The answer is that we don’t know. Kristen doesn’t announce all of her projects that she’s involved in, but we know she was attached to Focus and The Big Shoe. We don’t know everything about Kristen’s schedule.

    1. There are contracts involved here. We don’t know the details of them. If Disney told her they needed her to free up her schedule, then she needed to free up her schedule.

    2. Since this part is not a small part, she probably figured it would be more manageable to take a small role with a short shooting schedule, like Map to the Stars, so she wouldn’t be tied up when Disney needed her.

    3. Why IN THE WORLD would Charles Gillibert come on here and lie about something that’s not even necessary to discuss at all? Who really cares what people think about how she got the part?

    What’s suspect to me is the people who come on here and accuse the producer of the movie of lying because of some odd fixation with Kristen Stewart and the desire to tear down anything complimentary or positive that’s said about her.

  8. kh

    How refreshing to read a well researched and well written article. Hard to find these days amongst so much drivel. Well done! I am quite looking forward to this film. I am excited to see the legendary JB work her craft like the master she is. I am sure that CGM and KS found the experience to be an invaluable opportunity given the depth and breadth of Ms. Binoche’s portfolio. And to work w Assayas….amazing in itself. Very much looking forward to this movie’s release.

  9. Andre

    @Katniss

    There were other Kristen Stewart movie projects announced as well, including “Focus” and “The Big Shoe.” Especially when we’re discussing independent productions, schedules can and do change dramatically — and so does casting.

  10. Katniss

    There are a lot of holes in Gillbert’s explanation as to why Mia left.

    1. If Mia quit Sils Maria solely because of the Alice sequel (not “Pirates”), she wouldn’t have done Maps to the Stars (in addition to beginning Madame Bovary in less than three weeks). In fact, Sils Maria officially began filming on August 23 - literally the day before Maps wrapped.

    2. While Mia is contractually obligated to do Alice 2, she also revealed to IndieWire that she’s heard nothing else about it, and she hasn’t even read the script. It has no cast either except for Johnny Depp. This project is nowhere close to starting production.

    3. What busy schedule for Kristen? The only post-Twilight movie she had lined up at the time was Camp X-Ray - which she shot in July - so it’s a bit of a stretch to believe that she was cast in SM first but ditched it due to work commitments. (Snow White 2 and Big Shoe are still in development.)

    Therefore, his story doesn’t really wash, but this is merely my observation and nothing more.

  11. Sam

    Juliette, Kristen and Chloe in a movie with such an interesting storyline, Assayas directing and filmed in Germany, Switzerland and Italy will be a real treat. Let’s hope the US release goes smoothly. Looking forward to it.

  12. Ks_Freckles

    First of all, thank you, altfilmguide, for always being so professional in every article here. Second, I must admit I don’t know much about Olivier Assayas’ movies or work, and I haven’t watched many of Juliette’s movies… And to be honest, the only reason that made me feel interested about this movie in the beginning was… Well, Kristen Stewart. But then, when I got to know a little bit more about the history and its characters, I started thinking this is gonna be a great movie. So, yeah, I’m excited for it now, and not only because of Kristen, which must be good, right? As for the “person” who came all the way here just to insult Kristen and her work, think about this: maybe Cosmopolis and Bel Ami wouldn’t have been such B.O. failures if the actor’s fans were more interested in watching his movies than in bashing other people… Kristen had a career before Twilight, and she was PRAISED for that. Still around to see who will crash and burn first, and I assure you it won’t be anyone I like…

  13. Summer

    Hey Robert Pattz fans get away! There are so many dior pics for to lick!

  14. missy

    I am really excited about this film. It looks so very promising & I have always enjoyed Juliette & Kristen’s films. There have been some incredible shots & I look forward to seeing it on film.

    By the way, two or three actors dropped out of Cosmopolis before Rob was offered that film. Do you think he cares any less? No. I doubt Rob would find it attractive that you constantly play tit for tat regarding his career or the career of Kristen. Grow up.

  15. Zoe

    @Sonia

    YAWN re: Cronenberg and Maps. Everything about that movie sounds like a retread of films that have been done before. Add in he didn’t even bother to FILM IN LOS ANGELES for the vast majority of the movie and it’s just silly. I personally don’t want to hear a Canadian director’s Canadian take on a Canadian filmed movie on Los Angeles.

    And before you talk about how Kristen Stewart looks post a picture of yourself, beautiful.

  16. Mo

    Really looking forward to this film. I love female centred films. Personally, I wish there was no mention of you know who because it just attracts his insane fans, but they would most probably shit the bed here anyway so carry on regardless.

    I wish immature and drama loving people were not allowed online - or at least confined to the kiddie area. Jeez!

  17. Gabi

    This film looks fantastic! Love Kristen!

  18. charlesG

    Hi ! to make it quick : K.S was 1rst choice, she was still comitted on an other movie on our dates, so M.W jumped in but was linked to disney in case they would launch pirates 2 and they did it, so we came back to K.S with a new schedule and she accepted.
    Best,
    Charles

  19. I am very excited for this movie and can’t wait to see another Assayas masterpiece. The depth of the storyline and the script written by Assayas, the intriguing characters, and the strong and talented cast make this an amazing Assayas movie. Although I am not familiar with Chloe’s work, I am a total fan of Juliet’s and Kristen’s work and look forward to this movie. It will be phenomenal!

  20. mm

    This sounds like an interesting drama. I don’t know too much about Chloe, but I love Juliette and Kristen.

  21. Amy

    Thanks for writing this. I’m very excited about this project. I’ve seen “Carlos” and “Summer Hours” and I really like Assayas’ style. It’s very natural, realistic, subtle and he films real faces that have flaws and character. I’m so glad Kristen chose this project and I’m really looking forward to this. I appreciate the way he shows time passing through things like growing facial hair, subtle weight gain, a little gray here and there.

    Hopefully, it will get some good buzz going.

  22. Tee

    @Sonia, must ask, what are you doing commenting on a Kristen Stewart, Assays movie. Clearly, you are not interested in the movie, director or other cast members.
    The obvious question is why did you feel the need to visit thus article, read it and comment on people and film you claim to dislike.
    Sweetheart, go hug your Edward pillow. Child. Leave the adults to talk. Mia dropping out, actors drop out of movies all the time. Naomi Watts cropped out of queen of the dessert, does that mean, it will be a bad film? That is life.
    Onto better things. The movie looks and sounds great. Clearly impressed fan over here and looking forward to a preview, so I can get more hyped for this movie. Already tipped for Cannes. However really, was there any doubt?

  23. mb

    I think this will be a very good movie. the 3 leads are all good. As for Cronenberg I think he is overrated. Cosmopolis was really a wierd movie and Rob looked like a robot. But maybe that was what he was suppose to look like . I don’t know, but I didn’t like it. I thought Kirsten was good in OTR but I really wasn’t crazy about that movie either. Maybe I just don’t understand the reasoning behind these two movies.

  24. Suzie

    Shame of you Robsessed moms come to this article only to bash Kristen…your Robbie Cosmopolis and Bel ami both flop!!!

  25. RL

    Also excited for this film after seeing “Summer Hours” recently - beautifully shot, realistic characters, real dialogue. Kristen will continue to seek out quality directors & actors to work with…yes, even if it means little commercial potential. She does go for interesting scripts.

  26. Ri

    Cannot wait for this film! Sounds very character-driven and the scenery looks breathtaking.

  27. Kdelle

    Why do people feel the need to come on here just to rubbish Kristen,I feel embarrassed for you,as for this movie,I’m excited for it and can’t wait to see the dynamics between Kristen and Juliette and Juliette and Chloe.

  28. Lin

    I cannot wait for this movie :)

  29. Mi

    No box office mention?Only drag Rob in this,as always.You forget to add that all Assayas movies were total flops,just like all Kristen’s indies.You always mention Rob’s flops movies,like Bel Ami.I don’t know who inveted Oscar posibility for Sils Maria,it’s laughable,the same like Oscar nod for kristen’s role in On The Road,this movie can be screened at Venice or Cannes.

  30. Dela

    Interesting line of actors for this film. It remains to be seen if it is a good film. We can only judge once we see it. A lot of talented people are involved in this project. Time the hate be put aside and lets just focus on the film. You can carry this thing just too far. Nothing can be accomplished by this hate. If you don’t like it or her move on . There are plenty of actors out there, pick one you like.

  31. Leigh

    Obviously some people aren’t familiar with the work of Assays. I am extremely excited for this new project. I can’t wait.

  32. Jun

    Weird, don’t the Rob hags have some men’s cologne ads to go lick? Begone little sand flies of the ether. This movie sounds amazing, a role just for Juliette Binoche! Very excited, first rate cast all around and found Assayas’ “Carlos” really great (which surprised me because of the subject matter). With three female leads this is shaping up to be a good movie all the way around, really looking forward to it.

  33. K

    To the poster who said this’ll be straight to DVD (an oddly common insult), you clearly haven’t seen any of Assayas’ work. He’s a brilliant director.

  34. Anne

    Looking forward to Sils Maria. Great cast, very talented group of folks.

  35. K

    Looks amazing! I’m excited.

  36. Andre

    @Lori

    I totally agree. I, for one, am looking forward to both “Sils Maria” AND “Maps to the Stars” — and a few others.

    And oh, yes … If “Sils Maria” “looks more like Autumn Sonata” than the other movies mentioned in this article, it’ll be better than the vast majority of movies made anywhere in the world today. Or in the last 35 years, for that matter.

  37. Lori

    @Sonia,
    I find it odd that you would use this forum to criticize Kristen Stewart’s physical appearance in Sils Maria, and in a round about way try to promote Robert Pattinson’s new movie instead? What does Sils Maria really have to do with Cronenberg? Yes, there is a very small community of hot actors in Hollywood and they are constantly changing roles, so it’s not unusual for actors to drop in and out of projects.

    I, for one, look forward to seeing this film as a fan of Assayas, Binoche and Stewart. And, I’m sure her appearance is in keeping with her character in the film. I also look forward to seeing Maps to the Stars, but don’t feel the need to cut down anyone while saying it.

  38. Gigi

    This looks like a direct to DVD movie. Not interested at this film but I will wait for the next assay as film but not this one.

  39. Rosemary

    First person who made the comment an angry Pattinson fan? Hmm, think so.

  40. Sonia

    I think you may be disappointed, since this film looks more like Autumn Sonata than any of the films you referenced. I’m not sure why they couldn’t cover the bags and circles under Stewart’s eyes if they were filming. Is she supposed to look tired and haggard in her role as an assistant? Maybe Juli’s character is running her ragged.

    I’m glad Mia dropped out of this to pick up Maps to The Stars. I’m much more interested in seeing that, a juicy take on Hollywood by the master, Croenberg. And Mia playing a disturbed pyromaniac sounds fascinating. Got any set pics of that?







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