eXistenZ

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97 minutes – Sci-Fi
Release date: April 23, 1999
Canadian distributor: Alliance Films

Set in the near future, what we call video games have become near reality. As the lines between digital fantasy and what we think is real begin to blur, a movement of revolutionaries decides to destroy the game industry before it overtakes the world. An assassination attempt is made on celebrity virtual reality games designer, Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), as she premieres her new virtual reality game called eXistenZ in a church. She escapes, along with by her security aide, Ted Pikul (Jude Law). Attempting to introduce the virtual-reality neophyte to her work, she has Ted implanted with a spinal bio-port that people need if they want to play the games. But once inside eXistenZ, they are drawn into a war between two rival factions seeking control of the game that leaves neither of them sure what is real and what is illusion.

The poster for eXistenZ is scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.



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Crew:
Producer:Robert Lantos
Andras Hamori
David Cronenberg
Co-Producer:

Michael MacDonald
Bradley Adams
Damon Bryant

Director:

David Cronenberg

Screenwriter:

David Cronenberg

Cinematographer:

Peter Suschitzky

Editor:

Ronald Sanders

Composer:

Howard Shore

Production Designer:

Carol Spier

Art Director:

Tamara Deverell
Elinor Rose Galbraith (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Denise Cronenberg

Cast:Roles:

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jude Law
Willem Dafoe
Ian Home
Don McKellar
Callum Keith Rennie
Sarah Polley
Christopher Eccleston
Robert A. Silverman
Kris Lemche
Kirsten Johnson
Vik Sahay
James Kirchner
Balázs Koós
Stephanie Belding
Gerry Quigley

Allegra Geller
Ted Pikul
Gas
Kiri Vinokur
Yevgeny Nourish
Hugo Carlaw
Merle
Seminar leader
D’Arcy Nader
Noel Dichter
Female assistant
Male assistant
Landry
Male Volunteer
Female Volunteer
Trout Farm Worker