David Cronenberg

David CRONENBERG (1943, Canada) is one of the leading authors of Canadian cinema. His eXistenZ (1999) reflected upon the phenomenon of gaming, as Videodrome (1982) did upon television. Crash (1996) was highly controversial upon release, but was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, which has not been awarded since. His latest film, Maps to the Stars (2014), was nominated for the Palme d'Or. This was Cronenberg's fifth Palme d'Or nomination. He is considered one of the most important directors in the history of cinema, especially in the realms of (body) horror and science fiction. He has been awarded the Carrosse d'Or in Cannes in 2006, the French Légion d'honneur in 2009, and the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2018 Biennale. In 1990, the IFFR dedicated a retrospective to Cronenberg.

Filmography

Transfer (1966, short), From the Drain (1967, short), Stereo (1969), Crimes of the Future (1970), Letter from Michelangelo (1971, TV), Tourettes (1971, TV), Jim Ritchie Sculptor (1971, TV), Don Valley (1972, TV short), Winter Garden (1972, TV short), Scarborough Bluffs (1972, TV short), In the Dirt (1972, TV short), Fort York (1972, TV short), Lakeshore (1972, TV short), Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), Fast Company (1979), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1991), M. Butterfly (1993), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (1999), Camera (2000, short), Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence (2007, segment), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), The Nest (2013, short), Maps to the Stars (2014)

David Cronenberg at IFFR

eXistenZ props

eXistenZ props

In many of his films, Canadian director David Cronenberg assigns a prominent role to props, objects especially designed to trigger a particular reaction from the lead characters. In comparison to his gynaecological instruments (Dead Ringers), insect-like typewriters (Naked Lunch) and fetishist prosthetics (Crash), the props he designed for eXistenZ appear the most organic, almost like independent life-forms. Bearing names like 'Medusa', 'Viral Ecstasy', 'Cyst' or 'Biological Father', the metaphysical questions Cronenberg raises with this film are already embodied in the tiniest details of his imaginary game consoles and their packagings.

David Cronenberg
  • Canada

IFFR 2004