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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

Beyond Fest Presents 'Cronenberg with Cronenberg' in Person

Beyond Fest's David Cronenberg retrospective event spans his entire career, including 13 film screenings with guests Debbie Harry, Geena Davis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Howard Shore.

Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the U.S., announces the presentation of "Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh" - an exhaustive celebration of the legendary auteur's career. Returning to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, Cronenberg will be in attendance for three, special event screenings at the legendary Egyptian Theatre where he will be joined by actors, collaborators, and guest moderators.

Co-presented by the American Cinematheque with the support of the Consulate General of Canada, the retrospective opens on Saturday, September 29th with an all-day marathon of the filmmaker's early films, Shivers, Rabid, The Brood, and Scanners, presented sequentially on 35mm film. Later the same day, Cronenberg will be joined by long-time collaborator Howard Shore for a 30th anniversary screening of Dead Ringers with director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Critters II) moderating a post screening Q&A.

A spotlight shines on giant bugs on Sunday, September 30th with a double bill of The Fly and Naked Lunch where Cronenberg will be joined by Geena Davis (The Fly, Thelma & Louise) and the composer of both films, Howard Shore. VideodromeExistenz and The filmmaker's groundbreaking approach to the distorted world of virtual reality is examined on Monday, October 1st with a double bill of . Cronenberg will be joined in person by composer Howard Shore and his two lead actresses, Debbie Harry and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Director Leigh Whannell will act as moderator for the Q&A between films. "David Cronenberg has been a visionary master of the art of cinema for over four decades," said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. "Screening these iconic films here in L.A. with his collaborators and partners is an absolute dream. Unless Kubrick is in hiding, we will probably quit after this."

In addition to the screening events at the Egyptian Theatre, there are two double bills at the Aero Theatre: A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, followed by Crash and Spider. To commemorate Cronenberg's presence at Beyond Fest, renowned artist Alan Hynes has created an exclusive print and the collectibles brand, Mondo, has created a series of Cronenberg-related products that will be exclusively available at the festival.

Tickets for Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh will be made available for purchase through Fandango at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 1st. The remaining slate for Beyond Fest 2018 will be announced shortly.

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