David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future Premiere Leads to Strikes in Cannes

Crimes of the Future is already causing a stir as spectators leave the premiere of the film.

At various points during its debut screening at the Cannes Film Festival, scenes of violent, gory body horror proved too much for some viewers. Notably, most of the strikes took place within the first five minutes, while others left during a particularly grotesque scene involving Léa Seydoux and an open wound.

The star-studded gala event took place on Monday evening, May 23, in the presence of director David Cronenberg and the film’s cast, including Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart. But the strikes were not exactly unexpected.

“There are some very strong scenes,” Cronenberg explains. “I mean, I’m sure we’ll have a strike within the first five minutes of the film. I’m sure of it. Some people who have seen the film have said that they think the last 20 minutes will be very tough for people, and there will be a lot of strikes. One man said he almost had a panic attack.”

Crimes of the Future stars Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart in the highly anticipated return to sci-fi horror for the 79-year-old filmmaker.

Here’s the official summary:

“As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. Accompanied by his partner, the famous performance artist Saul Tenser shows the metamorphosis of his organs. Meanwhile, a mysterious group tries to use Saul’s fame to shed light on the next stage of human evolution.”

Meanwhile, the mysterious group mentioned above is being tracked by Timlin (Kristen Stewart) – an investigator for the National Organ Registry. The group wants to use Saul’s fame to shed light on the next stage of human evolution… whatever that means.

The first Crimes of the Future trailer gave us a glimpse of what to expect… but it seems Cronenberg’s signature body horror proved to be too much for some.

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