David Cronenberg receives Honorary Award from Donostia in San Sebastian

David Cronenberg is presented with the Honorary Donostia Award at the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival. The Gala will be followed by the presentation of Cronenberg’s latest film Crimes of the Future, a daring sci-fi starring Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises), Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux. The world premiere of the film took place in the Cannes competition.

The acclaimed Canadian filmmaker has directed 20 feature films to date, including works that are now considered classics in genres such as sci-fi, horror, psychological drama and thriller.

San Sebastian already welcomed Cronenberg to the screening of “Crash” as part of the Incorrect@s retrospective in 2004 and to the premiere of “Eastern Promises” on opening night in 2007.

Cronenberg joins Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Agnès Varda, Hirokazu Koreeda and Costa-Gavras in the list of filmmakers who have received the Donostia Award.

In addition to “The Fly” and “eXistenZ”, “Crash” is one of Cronenberg’s best-known films, which was awarded the Special Jury Prize for boldness, daring and originality in Cannes. Adapted from JG Ballard’s 1970s novel, the film starred James Spader as the death-obsessed advertising producer alongside Holly Hunter and Deborah Kara Unger.

Crimes of the Future reunites Cronenberg with Mortensen for the fourth time, following A History of Violence, a thriller about a man with a dark past; Eastern Promises, an immersion into London’s Russian mafia, and A Dangerous Method (2011), in which Mortensen portrays Sigmund Freud.

Prior to Crimes of the Future, Cronenberg directed Cosmopolis, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, and Maps to the Stars, a reflection on fame, the first Cronenberg film shot on location in the United States.

Cronenberg has also acted in several films, including Falling, directed by Mortensen. The filmmaker is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and Officer of the Order of the Arts and Letters and Knight of the Legion of Honor in France.

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/david-cronenberg-san-sebastian-festival-1235302489/ David Cronenberg receives Honorary Award from Donostia in San Sebastian

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