Kristen Stewart has never been afraid to smash boundaries. After rocketing to global acclaim for her role as Bella Swan in the mega-hit Twilight trilogy, she’s built a powerhouse Hollywood career and become a critical role model for young people grappling with their sexuality beyond the binary. But this fall, the 27-year-old A-lister is adding another title to her vast resumé, partnering with Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology for her hauntingly beautiful directorial debut, Come Swim.
Through the Oscar-qualifying short, which was showcased last year to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes, Stewart joins the growing number of industry women who’ve boldly claimed the director’s chair, moving behind the camera to tell a story that’s just as darkly alluring as you’d expect. A journey through the imagination’s wild currents, Come Swim conjures a kaleidoscopic portrait of one man’s emotional interior, complete with unbounded darkness and desire. At once starkly real and beguilingly impressionistic, the film resonates as an electric meditation on anxiety and heartbreak.
Press play above to catch Stewart’s gloriously mesmerizing, provocative film — trust us, you’ve never seen anything like it.
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