Cronenberg’s artistic output begins in dialogue with the gestures and modes of production of underground cinema, as seen in his early Canadian movies shot in 16mm format and with meager budgets. “From the Drain”, his second short film, depicts an uncanny scene: two dressed men, sitting in a bathtub, talk about the memories of an unknown war. Realism and historical background, as one would expect to find in references to the Vietnam War, give way to an intriguing exercise of confinement and denaturalization, which foreshadowed the filmmaker’s future interests. (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.