This year’s 12th edition of the Scary Movies festival at Film at Lincoln Center premiered Ari Aster’s extended version of “Midsommar” this past Saturday.
The great people over at MovieMaker interviewed Luca Guadagnino, it’s really an excellent talk. However, I loved one tidbit that I absolutely want to share in this space.
When asked about Cronenberg’s beautifully deranged “Crimes of the Future,” Guadagnino had nothing but eloquent words to say about the film. Even going as far as saying it’s the best film he’s seen all year:
“Greatest movie this year. Fantastic … Another tender movie! It’s beautiful to see Cronenberg, who has been constantly seen as a very in control filmmaker with a very clinical coldness to his art, which is true, being so warm and so tender. It’s a beautiful love story and it’s also a very devastating vision of the future. It’s amazing.”
I interviewed Cronenberg at Cannes, which is where I saw “Crimes if the Future,” and it is indeed one of the best movies I have seen this year. It’s a meditative, horrific, eloquent and visionary statement from the Canadian filmmaker.
I wrote back in May:
“David Cronenberg may have hinted at retirement in recent years, but his new film Crimes of the Future is proof the legendary 79-year-old director is not done with cinema.”
“Cronenberg, a maverick who has always flown by his own artistic free will these last five decades, has given us classics such as Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, and A History of Violence, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still make smart, urgent films about his deepest obsessions.”
“One thing you can expect from his return, Crimes of the Future, is Cronenberg’s usual knack for avoiding conventionality. His parasite-filled, sexually taboo, and ultra-violent art is what dreams are made of. Or are they nightmares?”