1999 Canadian-British–French sci-fi horror film directed by David Cronenberg / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Existenz (stylized as eXistenZ) is a 1999 science fiction horror film written, produced and directed by David Cronenberg. The film follows Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a game designer who finds herself targeted by assassins while playing a virtual reality game of her own creation. An international co-production between Canada, the United Kingdom, and France, it also stars Jude Law, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley, Christopher Eccleston, Willem Dafoe, and Robert A. Silverman.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Cronenberg
Written byDavid Cronenberg
Produced by
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Edited byRonald Sanders
Music byHoward Shore
Distributed by
Release dates
  • April 23, 1999 (North America)
  • April 30, 1999 (United Kingdom)
Running time
97 minutes[2]
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
Box office$2.9 million[3]

The film received mostly positive reviews upon release. Cronenberg was awarded a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival for the film.