David Cronenberg Offers Some Insight Into the Artistic Endeavours of Crimes of the Future

Posted 2022/05/12 2 0

Horror director David Cronenberg has teased the profound arc that Viggo Mortensen’s main character, the peculiar artist Saul Tenser, will embark on in his upcoming body horror outing Crimes of the Future. In an interview with Deadline, Cronenberg explains the journey that his new lead will undergo in what appears to be a warped return to the kind of body horror that made the filmmaker’s name.

“Well, to the extent that any artist is basically examining the human condition, in one way or another, it’s inevitably the subject of art, one way or another. Even if you have no human figures in your art, that is basically the subject of your art. But Saul Tenser is particularly focused on his own human condition, as most of us are. And in particular this focus is on his body — his own body — and the potential for creativity that his body seems to be expressing. And that’s an interesting inversion of the normal process of artistic expression. That’s the trick of the movie, that aspect.”

Crimes of the Future will drop audiences into an alternate future, and it sounds like Cronenberg will present body horror as art. Something that plenty of horror fans have always considered it to be. 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.

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Director David Cronenberg Expects Plenty of Walkouts

David Cronenberg is, of course, no stranger to cinematic controversy, with the director’s bizarre vision often resulting in disturbing audiences far more than they can bear. According to Cronenberg himself, Crimes of the Future will be no different, with the director expecting plenty of walkouts as viewers try to stomach what Cronenberg has in store.

“There are some very strong scenes. I mean, I’m sure that we will have walkouts within the first five minutes of the movie,” Cronenberg said recently. “I’m sure of that. Some people who have seen the film have said that they think the last 20 minutes will be very hard on people, and that there’ll be a lot of walkouts. Some guy said that he almost had a panic attack. And I say, “Well, that would be OK.” But I’m not convinced that that will be a general reaction. I do expect walkouts in Cannes, and that’s a very special thing. [Laughs]”

The curtain has been pulled back slightly on the mystery inherent in Crimes of the Future, thanks to a recent trailer. Written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Don McKellar as Wippet, and Scott Speedman, Crimes of the Future will premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it will be competing for the Palme d’Or.


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