The Canadian director is currently presenting his latest film, A History of Violence at the Cannes Film Festival. Cronenberg’s latest feature, which is nominated for a Golden Palm, is the story of a restaurant owner who kills two burglars breaking into his establishment and becomes the talk of the town.
Whether or not Cronenberg was snagged up on the Croisette at Cannes by Stockholm festival organizer Git Scheynius, he is a feather in the cap for the festival.
According to the Stockholm organisers, Cronenberg has created a genre of his own with films such as The Fly (1986), Naked Lunch (1991), Crash (1996) and Spider (2002) – dark tales, exploring the borders of gender identity and violence.
The Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a film personality active within the film community whose body of work has made an impact on contemporary film art. The festival icon is the Bronze Horse, an homage to the Swedish Dala horse, and designed by artist Fredrik Swärd.
Elia Kazan, Gena Rowlands, Roman Polanski, Lauren Bacall, Erland Josephson, David Lynch and Oliver Stone are previous winners of the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award.
The film section Cronenberg by Cronenberg at the next Stockholm Film Festival will be a retrospective of films chosen by Cronenberg himself.
Moira Sullivan is a freelance journalist and member of the Swedish Film Critics’ Association