CRIMES OF THE FUTURE BY DAVID CRONENBERG
WITH VIGGO MORTENSEN,
LÉA SEYDOUX, KRISTEN STEWART, AND SCOTT SPEEDMAN
PRESENTED IN COMPETITION AND WORLD PREMIERE
DURING THE 75th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL DE CANNES
Produced by Robert Lantos, the film also stars Don McKellar, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Welket Bungué, and Lihi Kornowski
Distributed by Sphère Films in Canada and NEON in the United States,
the film will be released across North America in June 2022
Crimes of the Future, a highly anticipated new film by David Cronenberg, will have its world premiere, in Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival which will take place from May 17 to 28. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Green Book), Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die, The French Dispatch, La Vie d’Adèle chapters I and II), Kristen Stewart (Spencer, Seberg, Clouds of Sils Maria, Twilight) and Scott Speedman (Citizen Gangster, Barney’s Version, Adoration), will be released in Canada and the United States next June.
Written and directed by David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Crash) and produced by Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises, Barney’s Version, Sunshine), Crimes of the Future is the Canadian director’s sixth feature to be selected in competition at Cannes. He won the Special Jury Prize with Crash in 1996 while Maps to the Stars won Julianne Moore the Best Actress Prize in 2014. It should also be mentioned that this is the tenth time that a film produced by Robert Lantos has been in the Official Selection at Cannes. In the past, his films have stood out by winning the Grand Jury Prize and the International Critics’ Prize for The Sweet Hereafter and the Special Jury Prize for Crash.
Crimes of the Future is also the fourth collaboration between David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen after A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. Shot in Athens in the summer of 2021, the film also stars Welket Bungué (Berlin Alexanderplatz), Don McKellar (Blindness, eXistenZ), Tanaya Beatty (Yellowstone, Through Black Spruce), Nadia Litz (Blindness), and Lihi Kornowski ( Losing Alice).
While the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the human body is subject to new transformations and mutations. With the complicity of his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), a famous performer, stages the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde shows. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator for the Office of the National Organ Registry, follows their practices closely. It is then that a mysterious group appears: they want to take advantage of Saul’s notoriety to reveal to the world the next stage of human evolution…
“It’s a great joy to return to Cannes for the world premiere of Crimes of the Future, a film that addresses universal questions, concerns and fears about our bodies, evolution and technology, which some see as a threat to our humanity. David Cronenberg says, “I believe it’s a film of its time and I can’t wait to unveil it in one of the most prestigious theaters in the world”
“The last time David and I met together in competition at Cannes, we electrified the Croisette with Crash, a film that caused a stir all over the world, and which, 25 years later, has become a cult film”, said Robert Lantos. “I look forward to this ‘reminder’.”
“We are delighted for David and we share this announcement with joy.” declared Charles Tremblay, President of Sphère Films (formerly MK2 | MILE END). “Crimes of the Future is a spectacular film and we look forward to bringing it to Canadian audiences in June.”