San Sebastian, Sep 21 (EFE).- David Cronenberg on Wednesday received the Donostia Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival in a ceremony in which there were telematic congratulations from the actor with whom he has the most worked, Viggo Mortensen, and during which the Canadian director defended the subversive arts if it allows us to live in harmony.
At that gala, held at the Victoria Eugenia Theater, Cronenberg confessed that at some point in his life he came to feel that honorary awards like today were more like an invitation to retire, that it was a way of saying “enough, stop”. , but over time he realized that was not the case and gladly accepted the award as “encouragement” to continue making films.
He was also grateful to receive him in this city “so linked” to culture and cinema. And he added that he thinks it’s very important for the arts to be subversive in today’s world if society can live in harmony with them.
The words of thanks came to him after the greetings of Mortensen, Donostia Prize 2020, who in a video sent from “a very distant planet”, as director of the Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, congratulated him for this recognition and a emphasized that it was an honor to have collaborated with him, that he learned so much.
Another of his great admirers, the Argentinian director Gaspar Noé, took it upon himself to present him with the Donostia prize after showering him with praise and assuring him that Cronenberg is one of the directors who have managed to build a work and that he therefore did with “an unusual, disturbing and adult prism”.
After the gala, his new feature film, “Crimes of the Future”, was shown, in which he attacks the United States for the possible illegalization of abortion. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival and stars Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
David Cronenberg (Toronto, 1943), also a screenwriter and occasional actor, is one of the most singular filmmakers of the last half-century, considered a master of biological horror, disturbing atmospheres and a universe as personal as ‘untransferable. , according to the very definition of the festival.
He has directed around twenty films and is the author of numerous works for television. In 2004, the San Sebastian festival screened his 1996 film “Crash” as part of the Incorrect@s retrospective, and three years later filmmaker Cronenberg traveled to San Sebastián for the first time to open the Official Section in competition with the “Promesas del Este”.
The director of films such as “Rabia”, “La mouche” and “Inséparables”, joins this recognition, which Juliette Binoche reaped on Sunday, to a list of Donostia awards that includes, among other directors, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Agnes Varda, Hirokazu Koreeda and Costa-Gavras.
The son of a pianist and writer, David Cronenberg grew up among books and comics that cemented his interest in culture and film.
It started with short films such as “Transfer” (1966) and “From the Drain” (1967), which were followed by the experimental feature films “Stereo” (1969) and “Crimes of the Future” (1970) , a title that coincides with that of his latest film.
The titles that have forged his prestige as an author within the most radical genre cinema are “Scanners” (1981) and “Videodrome” (1983), one of the peaks of the New Flesh aesthetic. Later, he shot “The Fly” (1986), “Inseparable” (1988) and “M. Butterfly” (1993), the latter two with Jeremy Irons.
Now, with “Crimes of the Future”, he has made a review or collection of his old obsessions and counted for the fourth time with actor Viggo Mortensen, with whom he also worked on “A History of Violence”, ” The Eastern Promises” and “A Dangerous Method”.