Having spent much of the past few decades straying from the subgenre he pretty much defined with his films of the 70s and 80s, David Cronenberg looks to be back in full-on body horror mode with his latest offering, the Cannes-bound Crimes of the Future.
Speaking to Deadline about the hotly-anticipated film, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, Cronenberg has revealed that he expects walkouts when it premieres during the prestigious festival.
“There are some very strong scenes,” said Cronenberg. “I mean, I’m sure that we will have walkouts within the first five minutes of the movie. 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,” he continued. People always walk out, and the seats notoriously clack as you get up, because the seats fold back and hit the back of the seat. So, you hear clack, clack, clack. Whether they’ll be outraged the way they were with Crash, I somehow don’t think so. They might be revulsed to the point that they want to leave, but that’s not the same as being outraged.”
Crimes of the Future is set to premiere at Cannes on May 25th, and while we await word on the extent of the walkouts we also have a new poster for the movie, which you can see here…
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.
Featuring alongside Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart in the cast of Crimes of the Future are includes Scott Speedman, Welket Bungué, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamichos, and Yorgos Pirpassopoulos.
Crimes of the Future arrives in cinemas on June 3rd.