Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Promises Intensity with 'Incest and Periods'

Kristen Stewart is set to make waves with her upcoming directorial debut, which she describes as "at times hard to watch" and packed with challenging themes.

Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Promises Intensity with 'Incest and Periods'
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Kristen Stewart, known for her transformative roles and intense on-screen presence, is venturing into new territory as a director. Her first feature film, an adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch's memoir The Chronology of Water, is anticipated to stir quite the conversation. In a recent interview with PORTER magazine, Stewart described the film as dealing with "incest and periods" and being "a f---ing thrill ride."

The movie delves into heavy themes including gender, sexuality, violence, and family, all through the lens of a character who is both a swimmer and an artist. Stewart explained that the film’s content is intense and might be challenging for some viewers, but promises a riveting experience.

“The story traces the journey of a young woman dealing with extreme grief and exploring her sexuality, which is seen as unconventional due to her attraction to both men and women," Stewart said, summarizing the plot. She also hinted at the protagonist's struggles with addiction and self-destruction, leading eventually to survival through love and motherhood.

Switching roles from actress to director, Stewart expressed both excitement and the weight of responsibility. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking to talk about, as getting anything made is tough," she admitted. “As an actor, I’m used to fulfilling other people’s visions. Now, directing feels a bit greedy but fulfilling, as I get to mold my own visions."

In addition to discussing her directorial debut, Stewart also touched upon her recent role in the film Love Lies Bleeding. Directed by Rose Glass, the movie features Stewart as Lou, a gym manager in the 1980s who becomes involved in criminal activities with her bodybuilder love interest, played by Katy O'Brian. The film, described by Stewart as "weird, violent, and at times irredeemable," also stars notable actors such as Ed Harris, Dave Franco, and Jena Malone.

Stewart reflected on the peculiar blend of drama and humor in her roles, appreciating director Rose Glass's ability to balance such elements effectively. "It's an odd mix of tones, which is why Rose is so f---ing good," she commented.

As Kristen Stewart steps behind the camera, her fans and critics alike are eager to see how her visions and experiences as an actress translate into her directorial approach.