Future Crimes is a 2022 Canadian-Greek science fiction body horror film about humans learning to adapt to their synthetic environment.
Written and directed by David Cronenberg (exist; Dead ringtones; Fly; The dead zone; Videodrome; Scanners; The Brood; Enraged; Thrill), movie stars Viggo Mortensen who previously worked with the Canadian filmmaker on his A dangerous method; Eastern promises and A history of violence.
The main cast also includes Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamichos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Welket Bungué, Don McKellar and Lihi Kornowski.
reel world reported that Future Crimes began screening for international programmers ahead of its 2022 Cannes Film Festival debut.
An anonymous person reportedly told the site: “I can’t say much, obviously, but if people thought Accident was divisive in 1996, it is sure to create a lot more chaos and controversy. The last twenty minutes are very difficult. I expect walkouts, fainting spells and full-blown panic attacks (I almost had one myself!) at the Théâtre Lumière. No hyperbole, promise.
They added: “[Léa] Seydoux’s role is way too crazy and radical to claim Best Actress at Cannes in my book, but I’d like someone to prove me wrong. I don’t see any precedent at Cannes for a performance of this caliber/genre to gain momentum with a jury… I mean Seydoux essentially playing an artist (very often nude) à la Gina Pane of the near future.
In the not so distant future, humanity learns to adapt to its synthetic environment. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of trans-humanism, others attempt to control it. Either way, “accelerated evolution syndrome” is spreading fast.
Saul Tenser is a beloved performance artist who has embraced accelerated evolution syndrome, sprouting unexpected new organs in his body. Along with partner Caprice, Tenser turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real-time theater. But with the government and a strange subculture taking notice, Tenser is forced to ponder what would be his most shocking performance of all…
In the United States, NEON will be released Future Crimes in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on June 3, 2022, before a wider release on June 10.
Filming began in Athens, Greece, and continued through September 2021. During this time, Mortensen released a statement:
“As we begin filming Future Crimes, barely two days after the start of this new adventure with David Cronenberg, we have the impression of having entered a story on which he collaborated with Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs if that were possible. We’re drawn into a world that isn’t quite like this or another, and yet it’s a world that feels oddly familiar, immediate, and utterly believable. I can’t wait to see where we end up.
The film is co-produced by Robert Lantos, Panos Papahadzis and Steve Solomos. It reunites Cronenberg with frequent collaborators Carol Spier (production designer) and Howard Shore (composer).
Rocket Science is handling international distribution sales and NEON will be released in the United States.
The project takes Cronenberg back to his origins since his second feature film, an experimental film made in 1970, is also called Future Crimes (see excerpt below).
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