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Kristen Stewart to Tackle Addiction, Abuse, and Bisexuality in Directorial Debut Adaptation

Stewart will direct Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel The Chronology of Water.

Kristen Stewart announced her upcoming directorial debut yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. She is set to direct an adaptation of the award-winning memoir The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch. Yuknavitch's memoir is a deeply personal tale of her journey with alcohol and drug addiction, sexual abuse, and bisexuality. In an interview, Stewart revealed the connection she feels with Yuknavitch, "She’s in my blood and I knew that before I met her. As soon as I met her it was like we started this race without any sense of competition." 

 

Lidia Yuknavitch

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Plans for the book's adaptation were first revealed by Yuknavitch's spouse, producer Andy Mingo, in 2016. At the time, Mingo stated that the film "may need a female director to bring in that perspective [it] needs." As far as female directors go, Steward may be the perfect fit. Her passion for the project was evident in her interview, in which she promised, "I’m going to write the best fucking female role." 

 

 

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