Stewart told Cronenberg she had no idea what the film was about during filming, but “maybe we can just find out together.”
Even Kristen Stewart was left in the dark during production about the mind-bending plot of Crimes of the Future.
David Cronenberg’s latest dystopian body horror drama centers on two surgical performance artists, played by Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux, who publicly display the metamorphosis of human organs in avant-garde installations. Stewart portrays a National Organ Registry investigator who is mesmerized by her performances and believes that artistic innovation will lead to the next phase of human evolution. Crimes of the Future premiered in Cannes and hits theaters on June 3rd.
“I said [Cronenberg] I have no idea what this movie is about, but I’m so curious and maybe we can just find out,” Stewart said of the film’s signing during a press conference in Cannes.
The Oscar nominee continued, “We, the actors, spent every single day after work asking ourselves, ‘What the hell are we doing?’ But then I watched the movie last night and it was so crystal clear to me. It [was] so exposed and it feels like you’re chopping up organs doing something and if it doesn’t feel like it, it’s not worth it.”
As expected from Cronenberg, the film premiere was celebrated with strikes and a seven-minute standing ovation.
“Everyone loves to talk about how difficult it is to watch their films and it’s fun to talk about people walking out of Cannes screenings,” Stewart said. “But every single gaping, weird bruise in his films makes my mouth shut [fall] open minded. You want to get involved. And it never turns me off. The way I feel it’s through really visceral desire and that’s the only reason we’re alive. We are pleasurebags.”
Writer-director Cronenberg, who wrote the screenplay for Crimes of the Future over two decades ago, told IndieWire that the film aims to be “super modern” in approaching “surgery as the new gender,” by a line borrow from the film.
“I’ve had moments where things were forbidden, things were bad, things were taboo,” Cronenberg said. “I didn’t pay attention to it to change my approach… The human condition is the subject of my filmmaking and all art. Right now these are things that are fascinating in terms of where people are and how they live.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/05/kristen-stewart-didnt-know-crimes-of-the-future-plot-filming-1234727904/ Kristen Stewart knew nothing about the plot of Crimes of the Future while filming.