Prague-Shot Personal Shopper Debuts in US
Personal Shopper, a Paris-set ghost story starring Kristen Stewart, premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival to general acclaim (along with some scattered boos) and eventually won Olivier Assayas a prize for Best Director.
Set in the underworld of the Paris fashion scene, Personal Shopper “is irrefutably one of the most original and unsettling ghost flicks ever made and certainly the nerviest this century,” wrote Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells from Cannes.
It was primarily filmed in Paris in the second half of 2015, but shooting for interior locations was moved to the Czech Republic in November.
The Prague sets, which included a haunted house location, were created in studio, with The Daily Mail catching the star outside during a smoke break.
Cast and crew had just relocated to Prague when the deadly Bataclan attacks were carried out in the French capital on November 21.
Director Assayas recounted the moment in a recent interview with the Washington Times.
“Very early I realized that the right decision was to do things at planned,” he said. “We had this sense [of being] detached from where it was happening. But at the same time, we were incredibly connected.”
Personal Shopper opened in France last October to largely positive reviews, and debuted on four screens stateside this past weekend before a planned rollout in cinemas across the country.
A Czech release date has yet to be announced.