Crimes of the Future

Surgery is the New Sex.

Visionary filmmaker David Cronenberg is renowned for fare that gets “under the skin.” His latest work, the polarizing CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, sees the iconic Canadian auteur turning his lens back towards familiar territory, re-framing his focus inside a hyper-modern context that extorts the depths of truly contemporary body horror.

As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution. With Scott Speedman, Don McKellar.

“The ideas that David Cronenberg puts forth are powerful and poignant; his subject is the effort to make art amid a despoiled cultural environment and debased cultural consumption.” (New Yorker)

“Is surgery the new sex? Body horror maestro David Cronenberg and a cast led by Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart tackle that question and more in a futuristic sci-fi shocker that will leave you laughing, squirming and—yikes—thinking.” (ABC News)

“Our modern anxiety over everyday lives that are ever more suffused by technology… has rarely been expressed with such simplicity and intuitive rightness.” (Slate)

“It proves to be a surprisingly poignant and beautiful transgender allegory in 2022.” (The Daily Beast)

“Quintessential if not classic Cronenberg, ‘Crimes of the Future’ finds the director revisiting familiar themes with typically unsettling flair.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

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CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (David Cronenberg, 2022 /18A ) Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.

As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. Accompanied by his partner Caprice, celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser showcases the metamorphosis of his organs. Meanwhile, a mysterious group tries to use Saul's notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.

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