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David, Brandon Cronenberg to each screen films at Cannes 2012

Wide Screen
April 19, 2012

Like father, like son.

Not only is director David Cronenberg's son, Brandon, joining his famous father at Cannes this year to premiere his first film, he also appears to have followed in his dad's footsteps when it comes to story lines. The premise of "Antiviral," which will compete in the Un Certain Regard category in May, sounds like something that could have come from the twisted brain of Cronenberg senior, who directed the futuristic medical horror "The Fly," "Crash," and "eXistenZ."

"Antiviral" is about a man who works at a clinic that sells injections of viruses harvested from sick celebrities. When he suddenly becomes infected with a virus that killed a particularly famous celebrity, the man must determine the circumstances surrounding her death in order to survive.

Brandon seems also to have taken cues from his dad when it comes to casting. Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, fresh off her stint in David Cronenberg's 2011 film "A Dangerous Method" and his upcoming "Cosmopolis," plays the dead celebrity, acting opposite Caleb Landry Jones (best known as Banshee from "X-Men: First Class").

"Antiviral" was shot in Toronto during winter 2011 and went into production three months after David Cronenberg wrapped up his own Toronto production of "Cosmopolis," his 20th film. "Cosmopolis," which stars Robert Pattinson as a millionaire who had a fraught drive across Manhattan, will compete for the Cannes Film Festival's biggest prize, the Palme d'Or.

Regardless of the inevitable cries of nepotism, Brandon's sister seems happy for both of her family members.

"Biggest congratulations in the world to my father AND brother who both have films at the Cannes Film Fest this year!!! Most proud ever!!" Caitlin Cronenberg tweeted.

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