In a near-future Toronto, obsessed fans can be injected with viruses harvested from celebrities – for a price. Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) March works at the ultra high security Lucas Clinic – but has a sideline: smuggling viruses by injecting them into in his body, and selling them on the black market.
“Celebrity is not an accomplishment. Not at all. It’s more like a collaboration that we choose to take part in. Celebrities are not people. They’re group hallucinations.” – Antiviral
The film is a sharp look at today’s fame-obsessed culture but it’s also an investigation of the physical side of intimacy. What’s the difference between the person you love and the body, and cells, they inhabit?
“It’s exactly the oddball and crooked tale you’d want and expect from a Cronenberg with all the gratuitous blood, pus, bone and multiple closeups of needles piercing skin you could ask for. Dad would be proud.” – The Playlist, LA Times
Beautifully photographed in an uncompromising monochrome of mostly white and red, this is a film for true Cronenberg fans. If you revel in films such as Videodrome, Rabid and Naked Lunch, Antiviral will shock, surprise and amuse.
Shot for a budget just north of $3 million, Antiviral is an accomplished and stylish debut, nominated for Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Winner of the Citizen Kane Awaard and the Caret Jove Jury Award at Sitges, and the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Antiviral stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis) and Malcolm McDowell. It is written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg.
This screening will feature and exclusive Q&A with director Brandon Cronenberg live from Toronto!
When: Monday 29th July 2013 at 7pm
Where: Event Cinemas Bondi Junction
Tickets and more information: http://www.popcorntaxi.com.au