Crimes of the Future provokes walkouts and six-minute standing ovations in Cannes

David Cronenberg’s new film crimes of the future prompted both strikes and a six-minute standing ovation in Cannes.

The horror film starring Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen features body transformations and mutations in a dystopian universe.

According to reports from viewers at the film festival, some walked out in the first five minutes, while others later left the theater after a scene with Seydoux and an open wound.

Ahead of Monday’s (May 23) premiere, director Cronenberg said he expected some to leave the screening.

“There are some very strong scenes,” he previously acknowledged, before predicting, “I mean, I’m sure we’re going to have strikes within the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure of it.

“Some people who have seen the film said they think the last 20 minutes will be very tough for people and there will be a lot of strikes. One guy said he almost had a panic attack.”

While there were some early departures, The Independent‘s reviewer described the reaction as “muted,” while describing the film as “more like an intellectual art gallery installation piece than a full-blooded dramatic film.”

Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart in Future Crimes


Other reports have confirmed that the audience was receptive to the image at the end, with applause that lasted six minutes. (triangle of sadnesswith Woody Harrelson, received a stunning eight-minute ovation the day before.)

1996 Cronenberg’s film crash – based on the novel of the same name by JG Ballard – received a notoriously extreme response when it was screened in Cannes.

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With its premise of people using car accidents for sexual arousal, the film was highly controversial and festival audiences stormed out of the cinema.

Jury president Francis Ford Coppola said at the time that some of the jurors abstained from the award decision “very passionately”. crash a Special Jury Prize, while some British critics accused the director of moral depravity. Crimes of the Future provokes walkouts and six-minute standing ovations in Cannes


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