Upon releasing eXistenZ, her new virtual game, game designer Allegra (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is attacked by an anti-gaming movement. After being rescued by Ted (Jude Law), they embark on an escape that spans across different realities. On the eve of the new millennium, a time characterized by heightened fear concerning the potentially endless possibilities of biotechnology, the director dives into futuristic science fiction and the inseparable dimension between virtual and lived experiences. Amidst mutating objects and the allure of new bodily dimensions, the very notion of reality is contested, in which transcendence becomes the ultimate goal. (C.I.)
David Cronenberg was born in Toronto in 1943. With a career spanning over six decades, he released his twenty-second feature film in 2022 and is currently shooting his next film. He began his artistic output in Canada, with a series of independent films, before moving to the USA where he became involved in larger projects with more substantial budgets. At the intersection between horror cinema, science fiction, drama, and literary influences, the director has nurtured a steady fascination with modulating themes and imagery over the years, as well as working relationships with recurring actors in different works.