At Cannes Premiere – Deadline
There are many weird fetishes in this world, which we won’t go into, but for David Cronenberg crimes of the future, surgery is the new sex.
The dystopian hipster pic from the future featuring Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux as the operation-obsessed performance art couple, and the former getting their organs tattooed for a club crowd show, scored a standing ovation standing six minutes after the credits rolled here at its Cannes Film Festival premiere.
Kristen Stewart plays a worker in an organ organization (yes) who is dazzled by Viggo’s Saul Tenser and falls for him, longing to be the new muse of her life and taking over from Caprice de Seydoux. See, it’s Caprice who sucks Saul’s open wounds, and she’s the chief architect of his insides (the loose argument is that all this anarchic surgery allows him to survive). It’s a slow burn with guts, lots of guts, starting with a little boy eating a plastic bathroom bucket, followed by his mother smothering him with a pillow. This pendulum is tied up later in the film.
But in all seriousness, after a pandemic that has chained us to streaming, such images look so much more fantastic on the big screen, shared with an audience in a large, damp auditorium.
David Cronenberg breaks silence on meaty return to Cannes with ‘Crimes of the Future’ – The Deadline Q&A
“I’m speechless, really – this is the first time I’ve seen this film on such a big screen,” Cronenberg said in a brief speech, “I’m very touched by your response. I hope you’re not kidding no, I hope you think so. I’m going to talk to you all and text you. Thank you very much. It’s wonderful for me to finally share the film with human beings. It really helps.
Stewart also reveled in the cheers of the crowd when Seydoux gave on-screen kisses.
Like the swirling ice creams of the Croisette, Cronenberg is a favorite here in Cannes, Future Crimes representing her sixth time at the festival; his previous film was eight years ago, Star maps. Of all his photos that have played here, only the notorious Accident in 1996, about another subculture with a passion for car accidents, walked away with a festival prize, namely the special jury prize. The critically acclaimed film starred James Spader and Holly Hunter. Also among Cronenberg’s accolades, Maps to the stars won Best Actress for Julianne Moore.
Deadline sat with other business reporters in the rafter seats, and only one person from our section chose to leave during the brutal body parts film — and never return. I hope they don’t have indigestion at dinner. During this time, the gentleman in front of me chose to stay put and take the first opportunity to take a nap.
The neon has Future Crimes in the United States and will open on June 3.