There’s a new Cronenberg film at TIFF 2012! Okay, not that Cronenberg. But the debut film Antiviral from Brandon Cronenberg (yes, he is related) screens as part of the Special Presentations Programme.
Antiviral is a dystopian body-horror flick set in a perhaps not-so-distant future of celebrity obsession taken to actually sickening extremes. Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) works is a special lab that makes big business out of harvesting diseases from celebrities and infecting paying customers with them. Syd also makes a little extra on the side by smuggling the germs out of the lab and supplying the black market disease trade. But when Syd is sent to harvest starlet Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), he can’t quite resist injecting himself with her maybe-fatal disease just to get a little closer to her.
Why should you see it?
Well, that’s a lot like asking why someone went to see Jakob Dylan sing a song. However, reports from Cannes indicate that Antiviral and Brandon Cronenberg both stand on their own merits.
Antiviral screens on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm at the Ryerson Theatre, and Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
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