David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” comes out in theaters: 5 curiosities about the film

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Eight years after the previous one Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg returns to the cinema with Crimes of the Future. The film, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was released in Italian cinemas on Wednesday 24 August.

The plot

Set in an unspecified future, where the disastrous effects of pollution and climate change have changed the body of human beings, the work revolves around an artist and performer who in avant-garde shows shows the metamorphosis of his own internal organs.

The cast

The protagonist is Viggo Mortensen, the Aragorn of the trilogy de The Lord of the Ringswhich is directed by the Canadian director for the fourth time later A History of Violence (2005), The promise of the murderer (2007) and A Dangerous Method (2011). Next to him, there are the French actress Léa Seydoux and the American Kristen Stewart, fresh from the Oscar nomination for the interpretation of her in SpencerPablo Larraín’s biopic about Lady Diana.

The illustrious precedent

The film bears the same title as another Cronenberg feature film, released in 1970, but it is neither a sequel nor a remake. In that case, the protagonist was a director of a dermatology clinic, looking for his missing mentor.

The screenplay

The screenplay for the film is largely based on a previous project by the Canadian director, which was never completed. In development in early 2002, it was supposed to be called Painkillers and have Nicolas Cage as the main protagonist.

Cronenberg’s comment

In this regard, Cronenberg said that, if it had actually been shot in the early 2000s, the finished project would have been very different. “I was probably not a good director at the time, I certainly wasn’t that experienced,” the filmmaker explained in an interview with CinemaBlend. “I didn’t know Viggo at the time, we hadn’t met yet, so maybe he wouldn’t be the lead actor and that would change a lot of things. Moreover, it would not have been shot in Athens, because it is a place that has only recently become financially sustainable ”.