The Cannes Film Festival just finished announcing its line-up for 2022 and playing in competition is Canada’s dad, the king of body horror, the master of nightmare fuel, and the auteur with the best head of hair in the game, Mr. David Cronenberg! Yes, he’s taking time out of his Star Trek schedule to return to the big screen with his first feature film since Maps to the Stars. This time around, he’s reuniting with Viggo Mortensen and has brought along Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart for the ride. The trailer is here and it looks so disturbing. So much body horror. I can’t wait.
As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission - to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
Some early rumblings about the movie suggest that this is Cronenberg back to his gooey and controversial best, maybe even surpassing the darkness of Videodrome and Crash. Those are two of my favorite Cronenberg films so I am all in on this. Cronenberg has never won the Palme d’Or but it doesn’t seem impossible with this movie. After all, Titane won it last year and that movie was basically the horny car-f**king offspring of the Cronenbergian oeuvre. We deserve this.
Crimes of the Future opens in June.
Official teaser art for David Cronenberg's CRIMES OF THE FUTURE.— NEON (@neonrated) April 14, 2022
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
World premiering in Competition at Cannes 2022.
Exclusively in theaters this June. pic.twitter.com/Mp8isHHxbS
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