Crimes of the Future – everything we know about David Cronenberg’s upcoming film

This is a translation of an article from 30 April 2021. 

Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen will star in David Cronenberg’s latest production. The action of the film will be set in the near future, in the era of the fight against transhumanism.

We had to wait seven years for the master’s return and although we will have to wait a little longer, we already know the first details. The newest production of David Cronenberg, titled Crimes of the future is to be set in the near future, in which humanity possessed the ability to influence the evolutionary development of its own body. Cronenberg’s dissertation on transhumanism places performance artist Saul Tenser in the foreground, who creates a real-time spectacle out of operant interference with his own body. Under the influence of “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome”, new organs are created in his body, which Tenser removes in front of his audience.

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Further sets will feature a debate over the use of extremely advanced biotechnology to interfere with the human body, with the government and members of a new subculture becoming the main parties. Kristen Stewart has recently joined the cast and will be seen on screen alongside such stars as Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen.

For Mortensen it will be the fourth production in cooperation with Cronenberg. Before, we have already seen him in A Dangerous Method (2011), Eastern Promises (2007) and A History of Violence (2005).

Interestingly enough, David Cronenberg has previously scored a film titled Crimes of the Future. The production was released in 1970 and, similarly to the contemporary adaptation, belongs to the genre of close-range sci-fi. The film’s action takes place in 1997, in a world affected by a plague caused by cosmetics. All mature women have died as a result of contact with the substance they contain. Cronenberg commented on this convergence of titles, saying that he “still has unsettled issues with the future”.

Shooting for the film will begin in Greece in early August and the set will run until mid-September. Crimes of the Future will premiere in competition at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival from May 17-28.