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Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future

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Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future
by Editorial Staff

(April 29, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Serendipity Point Films has announced that principal photography will begin this summer in Greece on a new feature film, Crimes of the Future, written and to be directed by award-winning filmmaker David Cronenberg.

The cast will include Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Green Book), Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die, The French Dispatch, Blue is the Warmest Colour), Kristen Stewart (Seberg, Clouds of Sils Maria, Twilight), Scott Speedman (Barney’s Version, Adoration), and Don McKellar (Blindness, eXistenZ). Produced by Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises, eXistenZ, Crash), the film reunites Cronenberg, a Cannes Jury Prize winner, Venice Career Golden Lion winner, and Berlin Silver Bear winner, with Mortensen, a three-time Oscar nominee, in their fourth collaboration. Also starring are Welket Bungué (Berlin Alexanderplatz) and Lihi Kornowski (Losing Alice). A Canada-Greece co-pro, the film is produced in association with Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund, Bell Media, and CBC. Principal photography is slated to start in August in Athens, Greece.

Crimes of the Future is a boldly original screenplay from the mind of celebrated auteur David Cronenberg, whose last original screenplay was eXistenZ in 1999. The film takes a deep dive into the not-so-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of transhumanism, others attempt to police it. Either way, in this perfectly crafted Cronenberg world, which marks the iconic filmmaker’s return to sci-fi, “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome”, is spreading fast. “I have unfinished business with the future,” said Cronenberg, cryptically.

“Canadian master David Cronenberg is one of the most visionary filmmakers in the world. Audiences across Canada, and the world, can brace themselves for a film unlike anything they have seen before. We are honoured and thrilled to be a part of Crimes of the Future,” added MK2│MILE END President, Charles Tremblay.

Cronenberg also made a 1970 film titled Crimes of the Future, which centred on a certain Adrian Tripod, played by Ronald Mlodzik, the sometime director of a dermatological clinic called the House of Skin, who is searching for his mentor, the mad dermatologist Antoine Rouge. This new production’s synopsis promises a very different film.

Joining Cronenberg are longtime collaborators, award-winning production designer Carol Spier (Crash, Dead Ringers) and three-time Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore (The Song Of Names, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, A History Of Violence).

Crimes of the Future is a Serendipity Point Films and Argonauts co-production. This Canada-Greece co-production is produced in association with Ingenious Media, Coficine, Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund, Bell Media, and CBC, with the support of EKOME.

SOURCE: Serendipity Point Films