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We are delighted to present the new David Cronenberg film, Crimes of the Future, as an exclusive from Aug 18 at Luna Leederville. The film screened in Official Competition at Cannes this May and stars Viggo Mortensen, who received an Oscar nomination for his role in Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, Léa Seydoux, star of the last two James Bond films and Kristen Stewart, who received an Oscar nomination this year for Spencer.
Long Live the new flesh!
David Cronenberg casts Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux in this darkly sensual body-horror film set in a dystopian future where humans have started to evolve in unexpected – and sometimes unwanted – ways.
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), a 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.
Cronenberg’s (The Fly; eXistenZ) first film in eight years sees him returning to his body-horror (dis)comfort zone, mingling the medical, the erotic and the technological. Mortensen, Stewart and Seydoux – the last of whom also stars in One Fine Morning – all give enjoyably outré performances in this spectacular film that palpates the possibilities of how humanity will adapt to an ecosystem we’ve destroyed.
“The ideas that Cronenberg puts forth are powerful and poignant; his subject is the effort to make art amid a despoiled cultural environment and debased cultural consumption.” The New Yorker
Viewer Advice: Contains graphic scenes of surgical procedures.