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A novelist kidnapped by cinema
Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

David Cronenberg gave a press conference yesterday before picking up the second of this year’s Donostia awards, and this gave him the opportunity to look back on his long career in cinema. Among other things, he claimed that the award encouraged him to continue making films.

The filmmaker, who as well as receiving a Donostia award, has also come to the Festival to present his latest film, Crimes of the future, confessed that he never thought he’d become a filmmaker; when he was young he thought he’d be a novelist, but he was “kidnapped by cinema.” And even now he still feels writing is a basic impulse for him.

Asked about his tendency to take the audience to the limit, he said he was not so much interested in pushing them to extremes but in pushing himself and then inviting the audience to share in what he had done.

He acknowledged how satisfying it was to hear young directors like Julia Ducournau say he was an inspiration, “She´s a contemporary not in age but in the style and intensity of her cinema.”

Cronenberg also revealed that his next project would be The Shrouds, a partly autobiographical film starring Vincent Cassell and Lea Seydoux which he planned to shoot in spring in Toronto.


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