David Cronenberg

Canadian filmmaker and film director (born 1943) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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David Paul Cronenberg CC OOnt (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor.[1] He is a principal originator of the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infectious diseases, and the intertwining of the psychological, physical, and technological. Cronenberg is best known for exploring these themes through sci-fi horror films such as Shivers (1975), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983) and The Fly (1986), though he has also directed dramas, psychological thrillers and gangster films.[2]

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David Cronenberg

Cronenberg in 2012
David Paul Cronenberg

(1943-03-15) March 15, 1943 (age 80)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesThe Baron of Blood
King of Venereal Horror
EducationUniversity of Toronto (BA)
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • actor
Years active1966–present
Margaret Hindson
(m. 1972; div. 1979)
Carolyn Zeifman
(m. 1979; died 2017)
Children3, including Brandon and Caitlin
RelativesDenise Cronenberg (sister)
Aaron Woodley (nephew)

Cronenberg's films have polarized critics and audiences alike; he has earned critical acclaim and has sparked controversy for his depictions of gore and violence.[3][4] The Village Voice called him "the most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world".[5] His films have won numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize for Crash at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, a unique award that is distinct from the Jury Prize as it is not given annually, but only at the request of the official jury, who in this case gave the award "for originality, for daring, and for audacity".[6]

From the 2000s to the 2020s, Cronenberg collaborated on several films with Viggo Mortensen, including A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011) and Crimes of the Future (2022). Six of his films were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or, the most recent being Crimes of the Future, which was screened at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.