In a not-so-distant future, humankind has learned to alter their biological makeup – some naturally, some surgically. Celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen) and his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), showcase the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Meanwhille, Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, tracks their movements, revealing a mysterious group whose mission is to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution. Directed by the internationally award-winning provocateur, David Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to a six-minute standing ovation.
“In true Cronenberg fashion, “Crimes of the Future” doesn’t fight for the old flesh at the expense of the new, nor cling to the protocols of yesterday in a futile and dehumanizing effort to stave off the possibilities of tomorrow. On the contrary, this sly but surprisingly warm gesture (from an artist in an aging body of his own) uses its premise to question the authorship of the human body, tap into the fear of losing it, and reach towards the seductive embrace of what comes next.”–IndieWire, David Ehrlich