“The United States is absolutely insane,” said David Cronenberg, director of Crash, The Naked Lunch and A History of Violence.
He speaks to the press at the premiere of his new film at the Cannes Film Festival future crimesCronenberg specifically referred to attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade. “In Canada…we think everyone in the US is totally crazy. I think the US has gone totally bananas, and I can’t believe what elected officials are saying, not just about Roe v. Wade, so it’s weird times.”
Then Cronenberg suggested a parallelization of Russia’s attitudes toward Ukraine. Talking about Putin and the invasion of Ukraine, but then south of the border in Canada We feel strangely similar vibrations.”
Having pioneered the “body-horror” style of cinema in films like Shivers, Rabid and Videodrome, Cronenberg said he felt compelled to return to the “who owns who owns body” theme in Future Crimes, which follows a performance artist (played by Viggo Mortensen) who can Transplanting new organs as part of a new stage in human evolution.
Cronenberg said he first wrote the script 20 years ago, and he said the topic has become more relevant. “You could sense, even at the time, that this was coming. A kind of oppressive ownership and control. It is well established in history that somewhere in the world wants to control its population. This means, again, that the body is the reality. You control the People’s bodies – this is talking and expressing themselves. This is control.”
Crimes of the Future received a standing ovation at its premiere in Cannes, and is considered one of the main contenders for the first Palme d’Or at the festival.