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Following an eight-year hiatus, David Cronenberg is finally back with Crimes of the Future. The Canadian director premiered his latest work at Cannes Film Festival, but now the movie is about to hit theaters. For the first time since eXistenZ (1999), Cronenberg will tackle the sci-fi genre again. For the occasion, Cronenberg will join forces with Viggo Mortensen, who leads a cast that includes Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, and Don McKellar.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at the visionary director.
A Statistical Look at David Cronenberg’s Career
79: Years of the highly-touted director. Cronenberg was born in Toronto, Canada, on March 15, 1943. His father was a pulp-fiction writer and editor, while his mother was a musician.
46: Directorial credits on his resume. His filmography includes some pieces of art such as Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), and Dead Ringers (1988). Cronenberg has already started to work on his next movie, a thriller called The Shrouds, where he will direct Vincent Cassel once more after working together in Eastern Promises (2007) and A Dangerous Method (2011).
4: The times Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen collaborated. The two teamed up for the first time in A History of Violence (2005) before reuniting in Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method, and Crimes of the Future. Mortensen received a nomination for Best Actor at the 80th Academy Awards for his work as the silent killer Nikolai Luzhin in Eastern Promises. The list of Cronenberg’s most productive collaborators also includes Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson, and Cassel.
61: Million U.S. dollars grossed A History of Violence, his box-office success considered by many critics a masterpiece. Tom Stall (Mortensen) appears to be an ordinary diner owner until someone accuses him of being affiliated with the Irish Mob. The script by John Olson was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Academy, while William Hurt took home a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
26: Years old when he made his long-feature debut. In 1969, Cronenberg directed, wrote, and produced Stereo, a black-and-white sci-fi story following seven young adults volunteering to undergo brain surgery for telepathic communication.
38: Credits as an actor in several TV series and movies. The most important characters he portrayed include the gynecologist in The Fly, Dr. Wimmer in Jason X (2001), Father Rousell in Resurrection (1999), and the obstetrician in Dead Ringers.
6: Nominations for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Cronenberg competed for the trophy with Crash (1996), Spider (2002), A History of Violence, Cosmopolis (2012), Maps to the Stars (2014), and Crimes of the Future. While he never won the much-coveted award, he did receive the special Jury Prize in 1996.
37: Credits as a writer. Cronenberg likes to write his own movies, or at least work on the script when he adapts someone else’s work. Fans never know what to expect from Cronenberg movies, which are always full of paradoxical situations and often set in a dark future.