WEEK IN WOMEN: Kristen Stewart named Berlinale Jury President – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar-nominated American actor, screenwriter and director Kristen Stewart will serve as the president of the International Jury at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival.

“We’re excited about Kristen Stewart taking on this distinguished task. She’s one of the most talented and multi-faceted actors of her generation. From Bella Swan to the Princess of Wales she has given life to everlasting characters. Young, shining and with an impressive body of work behind her, Kristen Stewart is the perfect bridge between U.S. and Europe,” said festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian in a statement.

Stewart is considered one of Hollywood’s major young talents. In 1999, at the age of 9, she made her screen debut, with an uncredited part in the Disney Channel Original Movie “The Thirteenth Year.”

Three years later, she starred alongside Jodie Foster in David Fincher’s Panic Room and achieved wider public recognition. Her international breakthrough came in 2008-2012 with the five-part Twilight Saga.

In 2010, she attended the Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, with the independent production Welcome to the Rileys, directed by Jake Scott. That same year, she received the Orange Rising Star Award for Best Newcomer at the BAFTAs.

In 2014, she starred alongside Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, directed by French auteur Olivier Assayas, and in 2015 she became the first American to receive the French film award César for her role in the film. She continued her work with Assayas in 2016 on Personal Shopper, in which she played the lead.

The following year, she celebrated her directorial and screenwriting debut with the short film Come Swim, and in 2018, she was a member of the International Jury at France’s Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.