Cronenberg lashes out at the US in Cannes for the illegalization of abortion

This content was published on May 24, 2022 – 11:43

Magdalena Tsanis

Cannes (France), May 24 (EFE) .- Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has attacked the United States this Tuesday in Cannes for the possible illegalization of abortion, during the press conference for “Crimes of the future”, the horror film corporal with which he competes for the Palme d’Or and a main course of this festival.

Disturbing, but not as disturbing as promised, Cronenberg’s first film in eight years was received last night at its official preview with a six-minute ovation and without the massive abandonment of the public that the director himself had predicted due to the visceral scenes it contains.

With Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart as the leads, “Crimes of the future” reads like a disturbing warning about the present and future world, despite the fact that it was written 20 years ago, in terms of the obsession with the body and the government attempts at censorship and control over artistic activity and over the body itself.

“There is always a government somewhere in the world that wants to control its population,” he said. “In Canada we think that the United States is completely crazy, judging by what some officials are saying, not only because of the Roe-Wade case but because of everything else.”

Roe v. Wade concerns the 1973 ruling in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s freedom to terminate her pregnancy, a protection it could withdraw in a ruling expected later. of June.

“We talk about Russia and Ukraine but I feel similar vibrations on our southern border,” the director lamented.

“Crimes of the future” connects with the usual obsessions of the director of “Crash” or “Naked Lunch”. He describes a synthetic world where there is no pain and surgery is “the new sex”. Mortensen and Seydoux are two acclaimed performance artists who succeed with their performances in which new artificially generated organs are harvested from their bodies.

“All my films are very intimate, what I have filmed the most in my life is the human body and what I propose is a discussion of the human condition from the body”, said the filmmaker.

On the environmental implications of a story in which there are characters who literally eat plastic, he recalled that when he wrote the script “nobody was talking about microplastics” but that in a recent study traces of these substances were found in 80% of human bodies analyzed.

“One option we have is to clean all the oceans and human bodies of microplastics, but it is not very plausible, so the alternative is to accept it, it is a theoretical suggestion but there is some truth to it, there are scientists who are investigating the possibility of eating plastic” .

In his visual recreation of that future world, Cronenberg displays his imagination with objects such as a sarcophagus that serves as an operating table, a uterus-shaped bed suspended in the air that detects the growth of new organs, or a chair that is responsible for giving eat Mortensen and offers prints worthy of Francis Bacon.

Mortensen, a regular accomplice of Cronenberg, with whom he has shot films such as “A History of Violence”, “Eastern Promises” or “A Dangerous Method”, has said that what he most appreciates about working with him is his sense of humor and fact that it makes the actors feel part of the story.

Asked about his relationship with aging and the passage of time, the actor has said that since he was a child he worried and asked his mother questions about death. “Once you accept it, it’s something that motivates you, I would like to look death in the face and with a sense of humor.”

Kristen Stewart, who plays a government official who follows in the footsteps of the protagonists, has said that Cronenberg is a director of few shots and has recalled the first time he saw a film of his, “Crash” (1996), when he was still a “too young”.

“I thought I was going to get in trouble and that’s why I loved it,” he said.

Léa Seydoux has highlighted the freedom she has felt filming with Cronenberg and the pleasure of talking with him, not so much about cinema, but about “love, life and death”. EFE

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