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The Brood (VOA)
Main screening room
December 7th, 2021
16 + (Horror)
90 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.

The Brood
Directed by
David Cronenberg
English version
Art Hindle, Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar
90 min
Horror, science-fiction
16 + (Horror)
35 mm

A psychotherapist experiments with extreme methods where patients' discomforts are embodied in their bodies. One of his patients gives birth to mutant twins, with terrible consequences.

The Brood

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".


Full cast
Au-delà de cette anecdote, The Brood marque un point de non-retour organique dans la filmographie du cinéaste, et reste sans doute son œuvre la plus terrifiante, au premier degré, car elle transforme un sentiment naturel et positif , l'instinct maternel, en véritable cauchemar contre-nature.
Olivier Père (2002)
À propos de David Cronenberg
Filmography | director
Filmography | actor