102 minutes – Sci-fi
Festival release date: January 2020 – Sundance
Release date: October 2, 2020
Production companies: Rhombus Media, Rook Films, Particular Crowd
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures
U.S. distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment
Like father like son? Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor is a slick, perfectly cast, perfectly shot and perfectly edited horror film. Tasva Vos (Andrea Riseborough) is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies. That’s step one. Step two is then have them commit crimes for her company. Unfortunately with each brain switch there is a certain amount of mind-melding, which produces helps drive the plot and the tension thanks to unforeseen side effects.
Possessor is a Canada/United Kingdom co-production and features an international cast. It was chosen to have its World Premiere in the World Cinema Drama Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. In March 2021, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle named Brandon Cronenberg Best Canadian Film Director for his work on Possessor.