At Cannes 2016, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas won Best Director for Personal Shopper, a scary, supernatural thriller starring Kristen Stewart as an American living in Paris and trying to connect with her twin brother who recently died. This marks Stewart’s second outing with Assayas, following Clouds of Sils Maria. Maureen (Stewart) is a personal shopper who scoots around upscale Paris – with a side trip to London – buying pricey couture fashions for her celebrity client (Nora von Waldstätten of Assayas’s Carlos). Maureen also moonlights as a medium who relates to the likes of writer Victor Hugo and artist Hilma af Klint, both of whom communed with the beyond. Trying to receive any sort of sign from her brother, Maureen pays a visit to a dark mansion in the woods. Is that a ghost in the corner? Then she begins receiving mysterious phone texts.
- Olivier Assayas Tie for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for Best Director