Seberg: Preview of Benedict Andrews’ Political Thriller–Venice Premiere

Benedict Andrews directed Seberg, British-American political thriller about the late American actress, based on a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.

The F.B.I.’s surveillance program COINTELPRO begins to target actress Jean Seberg due to her associations with Hakim Jamal.

Kristen Stewart is well cast in the title role, and she is joined by a terrific ensemble, Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Colm Meaney, Zazie Beetz and Vince Vaughn.

The movie will world premiere at the Venice Film Fest on August 30, 2019, which marks the 40th anniversary of her suicide.

Amazon Studios will release the movie later in the fall.

Jean Seberg (born November 13, 1938) rose to quick prominence after her appearance in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, opposite Belmondo, a seminal film of the nascent French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague).

She appeared in 34 films in Hollywood and in Europe by major direcors, such as Preminger’s Saint Joan as well as Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger’s masterpiece), Lilith, The Mouse That Roared, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, Airport, Macho Callahan, and Gang War in Naples.

She was also one of the best-known targets of the FBI COINTELPRO project, reportedly a retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s.

Seberg was found dead in her car in Paris, at the age of 40, and the police ruled her death a probable suicide. Seberg’s second husband, famous author Romain Gary, called a press conference in which he publicly blamed the FBI’s campaign against Seberg for her deteriorating mental health. Gary claimed that Seberg “became psychotic” after the media reported an FBI false story about her pregnancy with a Black Panther’s child in 1970. Gary stated that Seberg had repeatedly attempted suicide on the anniversary of the child’s death, August 25.

Cast
Kristen Stewart as Jean Seberg
Jack O’Connell as Jack Solomon
Anthony Mackie as Hakim Jamal
Zazie Beetz as Dorothy Jamal
Vince Vaughn as Carl Kowalski
Yvan Attal as Romain Gary
Stephen Root as Walt Breckman
Cornelius Smith Jr. as Ray Robertson
Jade Pettyjohn as Jenny Kowalski
Ser’Darius Blain as Louis Lewis
James Jordan as Roy Maddow

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