The Future Crimes of David Cronenberg, David Bowie screening

CinemaCon’s David Cronenberg dared to sleep well tonight.

The director, a body horror genre engineer with “A History of Violence,” “Dead Ringers,” and “The Fly,” made his first trip to Las Vegas to screen his next horrific film Crimes of the Future, testing the stomachs of movie theater owners across the country. .

Referring to Sin City, Cronenberg told the audience at Caesar’s Palace, “It seems a convenient place to launch our attack on the world with future crimes.”

Although Cronenberg says he began writing the script 20 years ago, film distributor Neon described Future Crimes as a “development of David’s work: past, present, and future.” Without elaborating any details, it will contain “key references to his past films”.

As for the never-before-seen footage, it begins with a man who has several sets of ears on his head and ends when the woman rips the man’s stomach with her finger and moves her tongue near the open wound.

Set in a world where humankind adapts to an artificial environment and their bodies undergo disturbing transformations and mutations, Future Crimes tells of a famous couple (played by Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux) who turn the horrific process into a cutting edge – serious performance art. All the while, their every move is tracked by a National Organ Registry investigator named Timlin (Kristen Stewart). They converge around one mission, believing that organ transplantation will lead to the next stage of human evolution.

“We all thought the body was empty… devoid of meaning,” says Seydoux’s character in the promo. “We wanted to confirm that so we could fill it with meaning.”

“The world is a much more dangerous place now that the pain is gone,” adds her husband, played by Mortensen, a frequent collaborator with Cronenberg.

After a spooky first look, Elisa Fedorov, head of Neon distribution, called the shots “awesome,” to make the audience laugh.

After its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Future Crimes will open in theaters on June 5.

CinemaCon attendees also got an exclusive look at “Moonage Daydream,” one of David Bowie’s films that has been described as “neither a documentary nor a biographical one, but an immersive cinematic experience.” It is expected to arrive in theaters in September.

Brett Morgen, better known as “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “Jane,” and “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” directed the project and came to Las Vegas to shed some light on “Moonage Dream,” which is based on thousands of hours of footage. Rare performances of musicians and over 500 originals from the Bowie Archive. It is the first film to be officially endorsed by Bowie’s Estate.

“Boy can’t be defined, he can be seasoned,” Morgan said. “That’s why we designed Moonage Daydream to be a unique cinematic experience.”

Morgan, who said he spent two years “browsing through every piece of material in Bowie’s archive” to craft the film, looked at the music icon as a child.

“David was there to show me that it was good to be myself. My differences were my strengths,” Morgan told the audience. “In 1971, that idea was radical. In 2022, it became mainstream. That’s why David Bowie is the perfect star.” for this moment.”

Compare the producer and former CEO of Warner Bros. Bill Gerber’s Moonage Daydream on Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” meaning they were “audio-visual extravaganzas that demanded the latest audio technology.”

With all due respect to Jackson and Allie Main, but the song “Moonage” transcends the visual language of “A Star Is Born” by nearly 100 miles, with the former drenched in acid hues, triple-camera angles, and abstract acting scenes woven into an ear-divided archive of footage from the Bowie Festival and circuit tours.

Neon’s upcoming roster also includes Love’s Fire, a documentary that examines the love story between two intrepid scientists who died in a volcanic eruption.

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