Kristen Stewart may just be the talk of the internet at the moment as she glides through this year’s Cannes Film Festival as a strong advocate for the voice of women in film. She’s also planning to make her move into feature film directing by taking on an adaptation of The Chronology of Water.
Coming off the back of her short, Come Swim, which debuted at last year’s Cannes and had a showing at Sundance in January, the actress plans to make her feature directorial move with an adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s 2011 memoir.
The book synopsis reads; This is not your mother’s memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman’s developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.
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Stewart revealed that she had a close affinity to Yuknavitch’s novel in which she also plan’s to pen to the script.
“Lidia Yuknavitch is from Portland. I love her novels but her memoirs, it’s deeply personal to her,” Stewart said. “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. I’m making the movie this summer but other than that, my only goal is just to finish the screenplay and hire a really spectacular actor: I’m going to write the best fucking female role. I’m going to write a role that I want so badly but that I’m not going to play.”
Filming is expected to commence this summer.