"She is interested in the life that happens in the pauses," said Dern at a New York Film Festival press conference. "It is the space where no one's watching."
"People go, 'What's the most important part? Show me the point where something happens.' That's what we're used to seeing in movies," added Stewart, who had been sick over the last few days and was full of energy on Monday afternoon. "But if you can look at the stuff that goes on in between, like getting to and fro, that's when things start living. It's really vulnerable to not be expected to play something. All of sudden, you start revealing things instead of displaying them."
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Alongside Reichardt and Lily Gladstone, the actresses also spoke about filming on a working ranch and showcasing landscape scenery that doesn't "swallow characters whole" onscreen and often gets "left behind" in real life, said Reichardt.
Stewart - who is also in Personal Shopper and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, screening later on in the fest - said of choosing roles, "I typically don't have to spend more than five minutes in a room with someone to know if I want to explore something with them.… I've worked recently with a lot of people I've grown up loving, which is a great thing, and I'm super lucky. It's super conducive to making good shit, because I think I have pretty good taste! There's no formula - that's so not how you're ever gonna make anything worthwhile."
IFC Films releases Certain Women in limited theaters on Oct. 14.
Kristen Stewart, with three #NYFF movies, says she chooses roles by not using a formula and simply getting lucky. pic.twitter.com/tsdbVMOjl2
- Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) October 3, 2016