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Cannes screening of Crimes of the Future sparks strikes

Several audience members walked out of a screening of Crimes of the Future during the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night due to the film’s graphic scenes.

The David Cronenberg-directed film, starring Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux, featured ‘grotesque’ scenes of child autopsies, bloody intestines, bodily mutations and open wounds being licked.

However, at the end, the film received a seven-minute standing ovation from the remaining audience members, suggesting that it might be polarizing viewers.

Oh no: Several audience members walked out of a screening of Crimes of the Future, starring Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux (pictured from the premiere), during the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night because of the graphic scenes of the movie.

Oh no: Several audience members walked out of a screening of Crimes of the Future, starring Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux (pictured from the premiere), during the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night because of the graphic scenes of the movie.

Director David warned in a previous interview: ‘There are some very strong scenes. I mean, I’m sure we’re going to have strikes in the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure of that.

“Some people who have seen the film have said that they think the last 20 minutes will be very hard on people and that there will be a lot of strikes. One guy said he almost had a panic attack.

New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan tweeted from the theater that she counted 15 people who walked out of the theater during the screening.

Bizarre: The David Cronenberg-directed film showed 'grotesque' scenes of child autopsies, bloody intestines, bodily mutations and open wounds being licked

Bizarre: The David Cronenberg-directed film showed ‘grotesque’ scenes of child autopsies, bloody intestines, bodily mutations and open wounds being licked

Stars: David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart appear together at the Monday night premiere.

Stars: David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart appear together at the Monday night premiere.

Set in the near future, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Léa as a couple of performance artists who grow and harvest new organs on stage in front of a live audience.

Kristen Stewart plays a researcher from the National Organ Registry, who investigates Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, the disease that allows them to carry out their performance.

The film includes a gory autopsy scene on a child, shots of bloody intestines, and characters reaching orgasm by licking each other’s open wounds.

Terrifying: Set in the near future, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Léa as a pair of performance artists who grow and harvest new organs on stage in front of a live audience.

Terrifying: Set in the near future, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Léa as a pair of performance artists who grow and harvest new organs on stage in front of a live audience.

Plot: Kristen Stewart plays a researcher from the National Organ Registry, who investigates Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, the disease that allows them to carry out their performance.

Plot: Kristen Stewart plays a researcher from the National Organ Registry, who investigates Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, the disease that allows them to carry out their performance.

The official synopsis reads: “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 notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.

Crimes Of The Future marks Canadian author David’s long-awaited return to body horror, and he shot the entire film in Greece.

Bizarre: The film includes a bloody autopsy scene on a child, shots of bloody intestines, and characters reaching orgasm by licking open wounds.

Bizarre: The film includes a bloody autopsy scene on a child, shots of bloody intestines, and characters reaching orgasm by licking open wounds.

Professional: Crimes Of The Future marks Canadian author David's long-awaited return to body horror, and he shot the entire film in Greece.

Professional: Crimes Of The Future marks Canadian author David’s long-awaited return to body horror, and he shot the entire film in Greece.

It is up for the Palme d’Or this year, making it one of only five films with significant Greek interest.

The story is set in a ‘not too distant future’ where humanity is learning to adapt to its ‘synthetic environment’.

Evolution moves humans behind their “natural state” and into a new metamorphosis that alters their biological makeup, known as Accelerated Evolution Syndrome.

While some have embraced what is known as ‘transhumanism’ and its limitless potential, others have tried to control it.

Interesting: the story takes place in a 'not too distant future' where humanity is learning to adapt to its 'synthetic environment' (Lea and David in the premiere photo)

Interesting: the story takes place in a ‘not too distant future’ where humanity is learning to adapt to its ‘synthetic environment’ (Lea and David in the premiere photo)

The story centers on Saul Tenser (Viggo), a performance artist who has adopted Accelerated Evolution Syndrome and has sprouted new limbs on his body.

Tenser and his partner Caprice (Lea) have used the removal of these organs to thrill their audiences, only to be forced to reconsider their most shocking performance to date when the government and an emerging subculture take notice.

Criticism poured in for the film on the Tuesday after the screening, with the film dividing critics.

Different: The story centers on Saul Tenser (Viggo), a performance artist who has adopted Accelerated Evolution Syndrome and has sprouted new limbs on his body.

Different: The story centers on Saul Tenser (Viggo), a performance artist who has adopted Accelerated Evolution Syndrome and has sprouted new limbs on his body.

Crimes of the future: what the critics say:

The Guardian

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Peter Bradshaw writes: “As he did with the ’90s hit Crash, the director creates a strange new society of sickly foodies where pain is the ultimate pleasure and ‘surgery is the new sex’.

In any case, Cronenberg lands us on an extraordinary planet and insists that we remove our helmets before they are completely sure we can breathe the air.

The times

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Writes Kevin Maher: “Right away, one of the great mysteries of cinema is that a movie with mutated ballet dancers, open-air surgery, and eroticized wound licking can be terribly boring, but veteran director David Cronenberg has pulled it off.

‘This dystopian parable, one of the most anticipated titles at Cannes, has become one of the worst films at the festival.’

the bbc

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Nicholas Barber writes: ‘Future Crimes pleasantly returns to the obsessions of his earlier films, without reaching the heights of many of them. I wish the story had been allowed to make a few more mutations on its own before it was put on screen.

The Telegraph

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Robbie Collin writes: ‘Seydoux gives the best performance in the film: even the harrowing moments are rendered with glassy takeoff. But unlike Cronenberg’s Crash, which shook Cannes to the core in 1996, Crimes of the Future doesn’t surprise with newness, a crucial requirement for any true festival hit.

“A taunt aimed at those who booked tickets at the time the trailer hit Twitter can’t help but feel a bit old-fashioned.”

the independent

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Geoffrey Macnab writes: This is a film rich in ideas but with very little tension or passion. At times, it feels more like a cerebral art gallery installation piece than a pure dramatic film.”

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