SAINT SEBASTIAN. Canadian director and screenwriter David Cronenbergone of the main exponents of what has been called “body horror”, which explores human fears of physical transformation and infection, received this Wednesday the second Donostia award of the 70th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival “as an encouragement to continue making films”.
Amid a long applause, in the Victoria Eugenie Theaterone of the contest’s venues, Cronenberg received the award from Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé, a faithful follower, who assured that few authors “have allowed us to rethink our own existence through a different and adult prism”, for which it is logical that the contest grants him the reward.
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Before, in a video, the actor Vigo Mortensen He congratulated him on this recognition. “You are a living legend both for filmmakers and for moviegoers and movie lovers around the world. It has been a great honor and a privilege to have collaborated with you and to have learned so much from you during all these years”, she expressed.
Cronenberg pointed out that at some point in his life he believed that receiving an honorary award like this would make him think that he had already done enough films, and that he would already have to leave the cinema, but he has understood over time that this is not the case. “It is an encouragement and encouragement to continue making films and I am especially pleased that they give it to me in this city, so closely linked to cinema, so linked to culture,” he added.
He argued that “I have often thought that the art it is a crime, in the sense that it is subversive of the norm and addresses aspects of our human nature that are difficult, violent, subversive, unstable.”
However, he pointed out, that in a certain sense, “the art does a service to civilization by giving a mode of expression to these things that are necessary for us to understand, to continue to have a civil society, and I think that even now, more than ever, the crime of art given the events that have happened in recent years. Therefore, I would say that… Long live criminal cinema!
Before, at a press conference, he shared that as a child he thought he would be a novelist. “Since my father was a writer, he had never thought of directing cinemaand I thought I would sign my first novel barely 20 years old. Well, I had to wait almost 50 years. I thought he would be a writer, but the cinema kidnapped me, ”he explained.
Master of biological horror, of disturbing atmospheres and of a universe as personal as it is non-transferable, Cronenberg has directed twenty feature films among which works that have become classics of genres such as science fiction, horror, psychological drama or thriller stand out. He is also the author of numerous works for TV.
In 2004 the San Sebastian Festival Project Crash (1996) within the framework of the Incorrect@s retrospective and three years later Cronenberg visited San Sebastián for the first and only time to date, to open the Official Section in competition with Eastern Promises (2007).
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The Canadian thus joins the list of directors who have also received the Donostia Awardincluding Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Agnès Varda, Hirokazu Koreeda and Costa-Gavras.
After the award ceremony, it was screened Crimes of the Future (2022), the feature film starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart that competed in the last Cannes Festival.