Kristen Stewart responds to backlash over her new film, after viewers walked out of screenings

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Kristen Stewart has responded to backlash over her new film Crimes of the Future, after critics reportedly walked out of a screening for the project.

The Spencer actress' latest release is a horror/sci-fi crossover, premiering at Cannes Film Festival on 23rd May. The film is set in a dystopian future where humans start to experience abnormal organ mutations, with Kristen playing investigative surgeon Timlin. She also stars alongside James Bond actress Léa Seydoux, and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), who play a couple turning the body mutations into a sexual performance.

As the synopsis suggests, the film's gory subject matter makes way for some pretty graphic scenes, with one also including a child's autopsy. The scenes caused some viewers to walk out of a press screening for the film at Cannes, with Kristen now reacting to the criticism.

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Photo credit: Gisela Schober - Getty Images

Following the backlash, Kristen has opened up about how director David Cronenberg's body-horror films can often make for "difficult" viewing, while also referencing the fact that walkouts tend to happen every year at Cannes.

Speaking to Insider, she explained, "Everyone loves to talk about how his movies are difficult to watch and it's fun to talk about people walking out of Cannes screenings."

Kristen went on to reveal more about what motivated her to want to star in one of Cronenberg's, despite their graphic reputation.

She told the publication, "Every single gaping, weird bruise in his movies, it makes my mouth open. You wanna lean in toward it," she said. "And it never repulses me ever. The way I feel, it is through really visceral desire and that's the only reason we're alive. We're pleasure sacks."

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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images


Kristen previously had a bizarre response to positive reviews of her 2021 film Spencer, after she was tipped to win an Oscar (she was later nominated for Best Actress, but didn't win).

"I don't give a s**t," Kristen told Variety at the time. "The Oscars are such a funny thing. There are so many incredible movies and performances that barely get seen. It definitely says something about where we’re at as a cumulative presence – what we’re looking at, what we care about."

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