'Seberg''s Kristen Stewart and director on Hollywood and politics

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Published on December 11, 2019 - Duration: 02:01s

'Seberg''s Kristen Stewart and director on Hollywood and politics

Kristen Stewart portrays fellow actress Jean Seberg in a new political thriller depicting how the FBI targeted the French New Wave star in the late 1960s because of her romantic and political links to

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'Seberg''s Kristen Stewart and director on Hollywood and politics

Kristen Stewart portrays fellow actress Jean Seberg in a new political thriller depicting how the FBI targeted the French New Wave star in the late 1960s because of her romantic and political links to an African American civil rights activist.

"Seberg" follows FBI agents as they tap the actress' home to expose her affair with Hakim Jamal, played by Anthony Mackie, and try to discredit her and the impact this has on her.

Although the events happened 50 years ago, Stewart told Reuters the movie is 'oddly relevant right now'.

''There is a real base humanitarianism that is being denied that is just asinine, and it's like it doesn't feel like a political conversation, it feels like the most obvious answers that we should all be treated equally and ..I grew up thinking that that was the case, that it was like, 'yeah of course, it's like, racism is over, right?'

And, it's just a ridiculous notion and it's very clearly present and really prevalent and awful.'' Meanwhile Director Benedict Andrews said it's 'uncanny' how the story resonates today: ''I feel that in her story and in what happened to her, we are seeing a kind of embryonic form, the culture of surveillance that we now live in.

We also see the culture of fake news; her life is destroyed by a lie.

We watch the manufacture of that lie." When asked about working with Stewart, Andrews said she was 'phenomenal' and 'fearless', and said she was able to 'share the raw intensity that Jean had'.

"Seberg" had it's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August 2019, and it will open in cinemas in the U.S on December 13 and the UK on January 3, 2020.

(Production: Cristiano Corvino, Christian Levaux, Sarah Mills, Lisa Giles-Keddie)

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