L.A.’s Beyond Fest Celebrates David Cronenberg

When it comes to the horror genre, few directors are as synonymous with twisted tales as legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg. As a means to celebrate the man and his unforgettable career, Los Angeles’ Beyond Fest is preparing a program to remember!

Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the U.S., is excited to announce Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh – an exhaustive,13-film celebration of the legendary auteur’s career. Returning to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, David Cronenberg will be in attendance for three special event screenings at the legendary Egyptian Theatre, where he will be joined by actors, collaborators, and guest moderators.

Co-presented by Telefilm Canada, the American Cinematheque’s partner for the annual Canada Now film festival, and with the support of the Consulate General of Canada, Cronenberg on Cronenberg opens on Saturday, September 29th, with “The Shaping of Rage,” an all-day marathon of David Cronenberg’s early films Shivers, Rabid, The Brood, and Scanners, presented sequentially and on 35mm. That evening Cronenberg will be joined by long-time collaborator Howard Shore for a 30th anniversary screening of Dead Ringers with director Mick Garris moderating a post-screening Q&A.

A spotlight shines on giant bugs on Sunday, September 30th, with a double bill of The Fly and Naked Lunch, where Cronenberg will be joined with The Fly’s Geena Davis and the composer of both films, Howard Shore.

Cronenberg’s groundbreaking approach to the distorted world of virtual reality is examined on Monday, October 1st, with a double bill of Videodrome and Existenz. Cronenberg will be joined in person by composer Howard Shore and his two lead actresses, Debbie Harry and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Director Leigh Whannell will moderate the Q&A between films.

David Cronenberg has been a visionary master of the art of cinema for over four decades,” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder Christian Parkes. “Screening these iconic films here in L.A. with his collaborators and partners is an absolute dream. Unless Kubrick is in hiding, we will probably quit after this.

In addition to the screening events at the Egyptian Theatre, there are two double bills at the Aero Theatre: A History of Violence with Eastern Promises and Crash with Spider. All 13 films screened during Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh will be on 35mm film.

To commemorate Cronenberg’s presence at Beyond Fest, renowned artist Alan Hynes has created an exclusive print, and industry-leading collectibles brand Mondo has created a series of Cronenberg-related products that will be exclusively available at the festival.

Tickets for Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh will be made available for purchase through Fandango and the American Cinematheque at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 1st.

The remaining slate for Beyond Fest 2018 will be announced shortly.

CRONENBERG WITH CRONENBERG: A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE NEW FLESH PROGRAM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE:

SHIVERS
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada
Runtime: 87 min.
Year: 1976

RABID
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada / USA
Runtime: 91 min.
Year: 1977

THE BROOD
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada
Runtime: 92 min.
Year: 1979

SCANNERS
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada
Runtime: 103 min.
Year: 1981

DEAD RINGERS
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: USA
Runtime: 102 min.
Year: 1988
GUESTS: David Cronenberg, Howard Shore

THE FLY
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: USA / UK / Canada
Runtime: 96 min.
Year: 1986
GUESTS: David Cronenberg, Howard Shore, Geena Davis

NAKED LUNCH
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canad / UK / Japan
Runtime: 115 min.
Year: 1991
GUESTS: David Cronenberg, Howard Shore, (Geena Davis)

VIDEODROME
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada
Runtime: 87 min.
Year: 1983
GUESTS: David Cronenberg, Howard Shore, Debie Harry (Jennifer Jason Leigh)

EXISTENZ
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada / UK / France
Runtime: 97 min.
Year: 1999
GUESTS: David Cronenberg, Howard Shore, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Debbie Harry)

AERO THEATRE:

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: USA / Germany / Canada
Runtime: 96 min.
Year: 2005

EASTERN PROMISES
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: UK / Canada / USA
Runtime: 101 min.
Year: 2007

SPIDER
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada / UK / France
Runtime: 98 min.
Year: 2002

CRASH
Director: David Cronenberg
Country: Canada / UK
Runtime: 100 min.
Year: 1996

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