The longest standing ovation at Cannes

Although Cronenberg predicted that the audience would leave five minutes after the beginning of his "Crimes of the Future", it did not come true in Cannes.

May 24, 2022 - 11:02
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The longest standing ovation at Cannes

Although David Cronenberg predicted that the audience would leave five minutes after the beginning of his science fiction thriller "Crimes of the Future", it did not come true in Cannes.

The film premiered last night at the Cannes Film Festival and received a six-minute standing ovation. The film is one of the favorites for the Golden Palm. “I was left speechless, really, this is the first time I have seen a film on such a big screen” - said Cronenberg, who was touched by the reaction of the audience, and in the end, he joked: “I hope you're not kidding, I hope you really mean it. I will talk to all of you and send you messages. Thank you. I am glad that I finally shared the film with the audience” - said Cronenberg.

Actress Kristen Stewart enjoyed the enthusiasm of the audience, and Lea Seydoux sent kisses to the audience in the cinema hall after the premiere. According to "Deadline", the film is a dystopian hipster picture of the future starring Viggo Mortensen and Lea Seydoux, as a couple obsessed with surgeries. Kristen Stewart plays an investigator with the National Organ Registry. “There are many strange fetishes in this world, but David Cronenberg's "Crimes of the Future" is ‘surgery is new sex’” - writes "Deadline", paraphrasing a replica from the film.

As "Variety" writes, in this film, the heroes cannot feel pain, unlike dozens of those present who still could not stand the end of the film. At the press screening, five critics left the hall. The official synopsis of this shocking film reads: “As the human species adapts to the synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Lea Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), a well-known performance artist, publicly displays the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.”

Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator with the National Organs Registry, obsessively monitors their movements when a mysterious group is discovered. Their mission is to shed light on the next phase of human evolution. Cronenberg has a rich history in Cannes. It first appeared in 1996 with the film "Collision", which was also a shocking film. The spectators then rushed out of the hall.