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Naked Lunch (VOSTF)
Main screening room
February 13th, 2022
16 +
115 min
Cronenberg: Through a Distorting Mirror

David Cronenberg has created a multidimensional universe in which he insistently questions the limits of every facet of the human condition – physical, moral and existential. This program extends from his early days in Montreal, where he made exploitation flicks produced by Cinépix (Rabid, Shivers), to Maps to the Stars, a scathing take on the California jet-set lifestyle. A creepy parallel universe emerges through films like The Fly, which catapulted him to mainstream success, and eXistenZ, in which it seems perfectly normal to plug an organic game console into one’s spine. This is inside-out cinema, in which unique beings constantly show us funhouse-mirror reflections of our world. This program includes all of Cronenberg’s features, most of them in 35 mm.

Naked Lunch
Directed by
David Cronenberg
Judy Davis, Monique Mercure, Peter Weller
Canada, UK
115 min
16 +

A writer kills his wife, sees his typewriter turn into an insect and frequents a mysterious Islamic interzone. The Canadian master of inner horror tackles the mythical work of William S. Burroughs. The result is a singular, unclassifiable paranoid fantasy that owes much to the extraordinary music of Howard Shore and Ornette Coleman.

Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infection, technology, and the intertwining of the psychological with the physical. In the first third of his career he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction films such as Scanners (1981) and Videodrome (1983), although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. Cronenberg's films have polarized critics and audiences alike; he has earned critical acclaim and has sparked controversy for his depictions of gore and violence. The Village Voice called him "the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world". His films have won numerous awards, including, for Crash, the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, a unique award that is distinct from the Jury Prize as it is not given annually, but only at the request of the official jury, who in this case gave the award "for originality, for daring, and for audacity".


It's impossible to make a movie out of 'Naked Lunch.' A literal translation just wouldn't work. It would cost $400 million to make and would be banned in every country of the world. (...) It was obvious for both artistic and practical reasons, I was going to have to do my own version of Naked Lunch - a fusion of my own writing with Burrough's
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À propos de David Cronenberg
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Fabrication des créatures de Naked Lunch - TIFF Orginials