THE CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (2022) David Cronenberg’s new film – with news from the USA!

In the USA, NEON is published The crimes of the future theatrical in New York and Los Angeles on June 3, 2022 before a wider release on June 10th.

Here is our previous coverage of this controversial Cronenberg image:


The crimes of the future is a Canadian-Greek science fiction body-horror film from 2022 about people learning to adapt to their synthetic surroundings.

Written and directed by David Cronenberg (existence; Dead Inferior; Fluen; The dead zone; Videodrome; Scanners; The Brood; Rabid; Is shaking), film stars Viggo Mortensen, who has previously worked with the Canadian filmmaker on his A dangerous method; Eastern promises and A story of violence.


Starring also stars Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamichos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Welket Bungué, Don McKellar and Lihi Kornowski.

Teaser trailer:

International trailer:

World of Reel has reported it The crimes of the future has started showing to international programmers ahead of its 2022 Cannes Festival debut.

An anonymous person apparently told the site: “Of course I can not say much, but if people thought Crash was divisive back in 1996, this will definitely create a lot more chaos and controversy. The last twenty minutes are a very tough sit. I expect walk-outs, fainting spells and real panic attacks (I almost even had one!) At the Lumière Theater. No hyperbole, I promise. “


They added, “[Léa] Seydoux’s role is far too dull and radical to fight for a Cannes award for best female lead in my book, but I would love to be proven wrong. I see no precedent in Cannes for a performance of that caliber / genre gaining momentum with a jury… I believe that Seydoux will basically play a (very often naked) Gina Pane-like artist in the near future.


In the not-so-distant future, humanity is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This development moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis that changes their biological composition. While some embrace the limitless potential of transhumanism, others try to monitor it. Either way, “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome” is spreading fast.


Saul Tenser is a beloved performance artist who has embraced Accelerated Evolution Syndrome and sprouted new and unexpected organs in his body. Together with his partner Caprice, Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real-time theater. But with both the government and a strange subculture in mind, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking achievement of all …

Filming began in Athens, Greece and continued until September 2021. In the meantime, Mortensen has issued a statement:

“When we start filming The crimes of the future, just two days into this new adventure with David Cronenberg, it feels like we’ve gotten into a story he collaborated on with Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs, if that was possible. We are drawn into a world that is not quite like this or anyone else, and yet one that feels strangely familiar, immediate, and quite believable. I can not wait to see where we end up. “

The film is co-produced by Robert Lantos, Panos Papahadzis and Steve Solomos. It reunites Cronenberg with frequent collaborators Carol Spier (production designer) and Howard Shore (composer).

Rocket Science handles international distribution sales, and NEON will publish in the United States.

The project takes Cronenberg back to its origins, as his second feature film, an experimental film made in 1970, is also called The crimes of the future (see clip below).

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