Cronenberg receives the Donostia Award and congratulations from Viggo Mortensen

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Peter Kavinsky

San Sebastian, September 21 (EFE) — David Cronenberg received the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival on Wednesday at a ceremony that included telematic congratulations from the actor he has worked with the most, Viggo Mortensen, and in which the Canadian director defended subversive art if it allows us to live in harmony.

At this gala held at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Cronenberg admitted that at some point in his life he came to believe that honorary awards such as today’s were more like an invitation to leave, that it was a way of saying “enough is enough.” , stop”. , but over time I realized that this was not the case, and gladly accepted the award as an “encouragement” to continue making films.

He was also happy to host him in this city “so connected” with culture and cinema. And he added that he considers it very important that art be subversive in the modern world if society can live in harmony with it.

The words of gratitude came to him after the greetings of Mortensen, winner of the Donostia 2020 award, who, in a video sent from a “very distant planet”, as festival director José Luis Rebordinos, congratulated him on this recognition and stressed that it was an honor for me to collaborate with him, that he has learned so much.

Another big fan of his, Argentine director Gaspar Noe, was in charge of giving him the Donostia Award after he showered him with praise and assured him that Cronenberg was one of the directors who managed to build the work and that he did it. so it is with the “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 was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival and starred Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.

David Cronenberg (Toronto, 1943), also a screenwriter and occasional actor, is one of the most unique directors of the last fifty years, considered a master of biological horror, unsettling atmosphere, and a universe as personal as it is indescribable. , as defined by the festival itself.

He has made twenty films and is the author of numerous works for television. In 2004, his 1996 film Crash was screened at the San Sebastian Festival as part of the Incorrect@s retrospective, and three years later director Cronenberg visited San Sebastian for the first time to open the official section in competition with Promesas del Este.

The director of films such as “Rabia”, “The Fly” and “Inseparable” joins this recognition, which Juliette Binoche received on Sunday, to the list of Donostia awards, which includes, among other directors, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen. , Oliver Stone, Agnès Varda, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Costa Gavras.

The son of a pianist and writer, David Cronenberg grew up around books and comics that solidified his interest in culture and cinema.

It all began with short films such as The Translation (1966) and Out of the Gutter (1967), followed by the experimental feature films Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970), which were titled this coincidentally that of his latest film.

The titles that cemented his prestige as the author of the most radical genre of cinema were Scanners (1981) and Videodrome (1983), one of the pinnacles of the New Flesh aesthetic. He later made films The Fly (1986), The Inseparables (1988) and M. Butterfly (1993), the last two with Jeremy Irons.

Now, with Crimes of the Future, he reviewed or compiled his old obsessions and counted for the fourth time with actor Viggo Mortensen, with whom he also worked on A History of Violence, Oriental Promises. and “Dangerous method”.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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