SAN SEBASTIAN, September 21 (EFE).- David Cronenberg received the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival on Wednesday in a ceremony that featured a telematic congratulations from the actor he has worked with the most, Viggo Mortensen, and in which the Canadian director defended the subversive art if it Let us live in harmony.
At the event, which took place at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Cronenberg admitted that at some point in his life he thought that today’s awards were like an invitation to withdraw, a way to say “enough, stop”, but over time he realized that it was Not so and gladly accepted the award as an “encouragement” to continue making films.
He is also grateful to have him in a city “so connected” to culture and cinema. And he added that he thinks it’s too important for art to be subversive in today’s world if society can keep up with it.
Words of thanks came after Donostia 2020 awards congratulated Mortensen, who in a video sent from “a planet far away”, as the director of the festival, José Luis Rebordiños, congratulated him on the recognition and highlighted that it was an honor to collaborate with him, he is so learned something
Another great admirer of his, the Argentinian director Gaspar No, put him in charge of presenting the Donostia Award and assured him that Cronenberg was the kind of director who could produce a work, and he did. So with “an unusual, disturbing and adult prism”.
After the gala, his new feature film “Crimes of the Future” was screened, in which he attacks the United States for the possible legalization 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 unique filmmakers of the last half century, considered a master of biological horror, disturbing atmosphere and a universe that is non-transferable. , according to the definition of the festival itself.
He has directed twenty films and is the author of numerous works for television. In 2004, the San Sebastián Festival exhibited his film “Crash”, from 1996, as a precursor to Wrong@, and three years later the filmmaker Cronenberg went to San Sebastián for the first time to open the official section in competition. Promesas del Este”.
The director of films such as “Rabia”, “The Fly” and “Inseparable” joins the recognition, which Juliette Binoche collected on Sunday, in a list of Donostia awards, which includes Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, among other directors. , Oliver Stone, Agnes Varda, Hirokazu Korida and Costa-Gavras.
The son of a pianist and a writer, David Cronenberg grew up surrounded by books and comics that fueled his interest in culture and cinema.
It began with short films such as “Transfer” (1966) and “From the Drain” (1967), followed by the experimental feature films “Stereo” (1969) and “Crimes of the Future” (1970), one title. Which coincides with his last movie.
The titles that established his status as a writer of the most radical genre cinema were “Scanners” (1981) and “Videodrome” (1983), one of the pinnacles of the New Flesh aesthetic. Later he starred in “The Fly” (1986), “Separation” (1988) and “M. Butterfly” (1993), the last two with Jeremy Irons.
Now, with “Crimes of the Future”, he reviews or compiles his old obsessions and counts for the fourth time with actor Viggo Mortensen, with whom he also worked in “History of Violence”, “Eastern Promise” and “A Dangerous method.”