Writer/director David Cronenberg’s latest body horror film Crimes of the future was released earlier this year – but even before Crimes of the future reached theaters, it had been announced that Cronenberg was reuniting with Eastern promises and A dangerous method cast Vincent Cassel on an afterlife thriller called The Shrouds. Now Deadline reports that during a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Cronenberg describes The Shrouds as “autobiographical.” Here is the quote which reveals that Léa Seydoux is following Cronenberg Crimes of the future to The Shrouds:”The new film I’m going to make is called The Shrouds and it stars Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux. Despite that, it is not a French film. It is a very personal project for me. People who know me know that parts of it are autobiographical. The idea is to shoot it in the spring in Toronto.“
During the same press conference, Cronenberg also confirmed that moments in Crimes of the future had been shot with a telephone:”The last few short films I’ve made were only with very affordable consumer cameras and even phones. And indeed there are some moments in Crimes of the future recorded with an iPhone. I won’t say which, but you can probably figure it out.“
The story Cronenberg has made up The Shrouds centers on
Karsh (Cassel), an innovative businessman and grieving widower who builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud. Karsh’s revolutionary business is on the verge of breaking into the international mainstream when several graves in his cemetery are vandalized and nearly destroyed, including that of his wife. As he struggles to uncover a clear motive for the attack, the mystery of who created this mayhem and why will cause Karsh to reevaluate his business, marriage and loyalty to his late wife’s memory, pushing him to a new beginning.
The Shrouds is expected to begin shooting in March 2023. Saïd Ben Saïd of SBS Productions, Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures and Michel Merkt are producing the film, with CAA Media Finance handling US sales and FilmNation Entertainment overseeing international distribution.
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