More great news for David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’! TIFF announced their Top Ten features in Canadian Film for 2012 and our favourite movie about limos and haircuts made the grade. ;)
Arriving in the wake of the Occupy movements and the recent financial collapse, David Cronenberg’s stylish and incredibly timely adaptation of Don DeLillo’s apocalyptic satire follows a billionaire financier (Robert Pattinson) as he creeps across an imploding New York City in a limo, his life of absurd luxury collapsing around him. It’s a scenario geared expressly toward Cronenberg’s sensibilities, playing out like Videodrome — or, as The New Yorker argued, Crash — transplanted to the increasingly endangered world of the one per cent. Boasting the hippest cast of any Canadian film this year, Cosmopolis also stars Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Antiviral), Jay Baruchel (Goon, Tropic Thunder), Emily Hampshire (The Trotsky, My Awkward Sexual Adventure) and imports Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche and Samantha Morton.
Canada’s Top Ten Panelist Rationales:
“In the cocoon of his limousine, a gazillionaire creeps across the city, searching for amusement and a haircut. The slow burn of David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is initially unsettling (when is something going to happen?) but becomes delirious as the car crawls along through a society that seems to be collapsing in on itself. Appropriately chilling.” — Matt Galloway, radio host (CBC’s Metro Morning)
“Canada’s pre-eminent director never fails to excite the senses. In Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg transcribes Don DeLillo’s indictment of financial hubris run amok into a technically precise, claustrophobic metaphor for a financial system torn apart from within. Typically, bodily functions play a key role. And who better to represent this rapacious greed, hoist with its own voracious folly, than the affectless Robert Pattinson, an actor popular culture has chosen as the object of millions of teenaged girls’ desire.” — Paul Ennis, Associate Editor (TheWholeNote.com), film and music critic, programmer