Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, queens of gore in Cronenberg's new film
David Cronenberg had disappeared from the radar since Maps to the Stars, starring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowka and John Cusack, released in 2014, and already presented at the Cannes Film Festival. As a symbol, the Canadian director will make his grand return to the Croisette, where he will present a film for the sixth time, twenty-six years after Crash.
A first trailer was released this Thursday, April 14, just after the announcement of the official selection of the Festival, presented by Thierry Frémaux and Pierre Lescure.
Crimes of the Future is a science fiction film with an international cast: Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen. The latter meets David Cronenberg for the third time after A History of Violence (2005), Promises of the Shadows (2007) and A Dangerous Method (2011).
The plot takes place in the not too distant future, in a synthetic environment where the human body undergoes multiple mutations. Viggo Mortenson plays Saul Tenser, a performance artist who stages the removal of his organs, resulting in a metamorphosis of the human biological makeup, with the help of his girlfriend Caprice (Léa Seydoux). Kristen Stewart plays Timlin, an investigator for the National Organ Registry who observes these new practices.
The first trailer, which lasts about a minute, gives off a disturbing atmosphere. As always with Cronenberg, it is also very visual and announces in all letters what we can expect: surgery, new, sex. We then hear Kristen Stewart's character say that surgery is the new sex, followed by Lea Seydoux's character saying I felt the desire to have my face opened.
The film should be presented on May 25, the day of its release in theaters. The 79-year-old director won the Festival's Special Jury Prize in 1996 for Crash, whose jury was chaired by Francis Ford Coppola.