David Cronenberg’s return to cinema, Crimes of the Future, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Crimes of the Future marks the long-awaited return of filmmaker David Cronenberg to the big screen.Nikos Nikolopoulos / Serendipity Point Films

Eight years after last playing on the Croisette, David Cronenberg returns to the Cannes Film Festival with his highly anticipated new film. crimes of the future. The film, the first directed by the Canadian director since his 2014 satire. maps to the stars – will make its world premiere at the prestigious French festival next month, where it will compete for the Palme d’Or against new works by acclaimed international authors such as James Gray, Claire Denis, Ruben Ostlund, Kelly Reichardt and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

“It is exciting to return to Cannes for the premiere of crimes of the future, a film that addresses universal questions, concerns and fears about our bodies, evolution and what some would consider the threat that technology poses to our humanity,” Cronenberg said in a statement. “I believe that this is a film of our time and I look forward to its presentation in one of the most prestigious theaters in the world.

crimes of the future – which shares a title with the director’s 1970 short, but apparently little else – stars Cronenberg regular Viggo Mortensen (A history of violence, eastern promises, a dangerous method) as the performance artist Saul Tenser who, together with his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), “shows the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances”. The pair are closely followed by the obsessive Timlin (Kristen Stewart), a researcher at the National Organ Registry, while at the same time a mysterious group emerges that aims to spark the “next phase of human evolution.”

Co-starring Canadians Scott Speedman, Don McKellar, Nadia Litz and Tanaya Beatty, the film marks Cronenberg’s long-awaited return to the big screen, after the director reflected on retiring in 2019. Since then, however, the filmmaker has kept himself busy acting, with performances in the thriller set in Niagara Falls. Disappearance at Clifton HillMortensen’s own directing effort Falling and the series Star Trek: Discovery Y Slasher: Flesh and Blood.

Industry word of mouth is already strong in crimes of the futurecomparing the film with Cronenberg’s provocative film Shockthat shocked and amazed Cannes 26 years ago, when it won the festival’s Special Jury Prize, an award given for “originality, daring and audacity.”

Shock It was the last time David and I competed together in Cannes. That film electrified the Croisette, causing shock around the world, and 25 years later, it has become a cult classic,” producer Robert Lantos, who has already collaborated four times with the director, said in a statement on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to an encore.”

crimes of the futureOpening in Canadian theaters in June through Sphere Films, it is the only Canadian production to premiere at the 75th Cannes next month.

Other anticipated world premieres at Cannes include the New York period drama Armageddon time by American director James Gray (Ad Astra), starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway; the romantic thriller the stars at noonby French filmmaker Claire Denis (high life), starring Margaret Qualley; Kelly Reichardt character drama appearing starring frequent collaborator Michelle Williams; the “baby box” drama RunnerPalme d’Or-winning Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu (thieves); and celebrity satire sadness trianglestarring Woody Harrelson and directed by Ruben Ostlund, whose previous film, the comedy that skewers the art world Squarehe won the Palm in 2017.

The delayed sequel to Tom Cruise Top Gun: MaverickBaz Luhrmann biopic Elvis and the fantasy-romance Three thousand years of longing starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba from director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) will also premiere at the festival, although out of competition.

The Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 to 28.

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