The CRONENBERG MARATHON is underway in the cities of ROME, MILAN AND TURIN

The film marathon dedicated to cult director David Cronenberg arrives from 18 to 23 August at the Quattro Fontane cinema in Rome, at the Anteo Palazzo del Cinema in Milan and at the Ambrosio in Turin. For the occasion, the films will be screened in the original version with subtitles.

The film marathon includes “Rabid – Blood Thirst”, a cult of 1976 in which a young woman transforms into an insatiable vampire after having undergone a skin graft; the restored version of “Crash”, which declines the theme of mutation starting from a novel by JG Ballard in which survivors of a car accident develop a sadomasochistic drive; the body horror “Brood – The evil brood”, set in a clinic of horrors; “Scanners”, with protagonists of individuals endowed with telepathic powers with a lethal outcome. And then again “Videodrome”, an undisputed cult in which a mass media hallucination becomes a metaphor for the television civilization of the 1980s; “La mosca”, with actor Jeff Goldblum grappling with a monstrous melodrama with sci-fi hues; “The naked meal”, a refined paranoid delirium that pays homage to the novel of the same name by William S. Burroughs.

Two films with Viggo Mortensen (also starring in “Crimes of the Future” together with actresses Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart): “A History of Violence”, a noir thriller that reflects on the theme of identity, and “A Dangerous Method ”which traces the turbulent relationship between psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

The marathon ends on Tuesday 23 August with “The Assassin’s Promise”, a tense and powerful noir set between the Russian underworld, always starring Viggo Mortensen together with Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, and “Maps to the Stars”, a harsh critic to the world of entertainment and the film industry, masterfully played by Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore, who for this role won the La Palma Best Actress at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The exhibition “La Nuova Carne”, dedicated to David Cronenberg’s cinema, will also be set up at the Quattro Fontane cinema in Rome and in Milan in the exhibition space on the ground floor of Anteo Palazzo del Cinema. The exhibition gathers a total of 40 drawn works (illustrations, single-page comics) created by a wide selection of the most representative Italian artists and cartoonists as a tribute to the Canadian director and his films, which will be divided between the two rooms. The exhibition is an original artistic production, co-produced by COMICON and Marco Lucchetti Art Gallery of Lugano.

Below are the timetables and complete programming of the Cronenberg Marathon at the Quattro Fontane in Rome, at the Anteo in Milan and at the Ambrosio in Turin. Tickets are available in advance on the relevant websites listed below.


Pre-sale tickets available at this link


18.30 – Rabid – Thirst for blood

20.45 – Crash


18.30 – Brood – The evil brood

20.45 – Scanners


18.30 – Videodrome

20.45 – The fly


18.30 – The naked meal

20.45 – Crash


18.30 – A History of Violence

8.45 pm – A Dangerous Method


18.30 – The promise of the assassin (Eastern Promises)

8.45pm – Maps to the Stars

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