Crash | out of competition

  • Excluded from competition
  • David Cronenberg
  • Canada, UK
  • 1996
  • 103'

After winning the Special Jury Prize in Cannes, Cronenberg’s film adaptation of the controversial J.G. Ballard novel was released in cinemas and didn’t leave much room for neutral reactions. Shot in cold, metallic tones and draped in an atmosphere of emotional alienation, the story revolves around a group of people sexually obsessed with car crashes. The connection between sex and technology, or the merging of the body and the machine, is not a new theme in Cronenberg’s oeuvre, but in Crash it boldly breaks genre rules. This proved to be too awkward for many of his followers at the time, but has also sealed the iconic status of this work, which is still as strong as 20 years ago.

David Cronenberg

Iconic Canadian director and screenwriter, founder of the body horror genre. His diverse body of work includes Videodrome (1982), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1992), A History of Violence (2005), and A Dangerous Method (2011).

Crash | out of competition

David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
Alliance Communications, Telefilm Canada, Movie Network
James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger, Rosanna Arquette
Peter Suschitzky
Ron Sanders
David Cronenberg, Stephane Reichel, Marilyn Stonehouse
Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 1996 – Special Jury Prize

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