David Cronenberg’s incredibly divisive horror Crimes of the Future sparked some walkouts at Cannes Film Festival – as well as a six-minute standing ovation.
The film, which stars Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, and Viggo Mortensen, proved too much for some attendees, with people walking out of the screening during gory scenes.
It’s reported that the majority of the walkouts happened within the first five minutes of the film, while more happened during a gory scene involving Lea and an open wound.
However, it wasn’t exactly unexpected, with director Cronenberg previously predicting people leaving the screening.
‘There are some very strong scenes,’ he said, ‘I mean, I’m sure that we will have walkouts within the first five minutes of the movie. I’m sure of that.
‘Some people who have seen the film have said that they think the last 20 minutes will be very hard on people, and that there’ll be a lot of walkouts. Some guy said that he almost had a panic attack,’ he added to Deadline.
Kristen stunned on the red carpet (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
She and Lea posed together (Picture: AFP)
Kristen and Viggo took to the red carpet with Cronenberg (Picture : AFP)
‘And I say, “Well, that would be OK.” But I’m not convinced that that will be a general reaction. I do expect walkouts in Cannes, and that’s a very special thing.’
Despite the walkouts, many clearly enjoyed the film, as it also received a six-minute standing ovation and is in competition for the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at Cannes Film Festival.
The body horror, written and directed by Cronenberg, follows a world renowned performance artist couple in a climate-ravaged world.
Viggo threw an arm around Kristen’s shoulder (Picture: AFP)
The stars seemed to have a blast (Picture: Getty Images)
Kristen dazzled (Picture: Getty Images Europe)
A synopsis reads: ‘Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations.
‘With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.’
Joining Kristen, Lea and Viggo in the cast are Scott Speedman, Yorgos Karamihos, and Tanaya Beatty.
It has also so far divided critics.
Kristen and Lea were among the stars attending the gala screening on Monday, with the Spencer actress dazzling in a sparkling top and white skirt.
She hugged Lea in one sweet snap, as the No Time To Die star rocked a similarly shimmery number.
Viggo suited up, and posed with Cronenberg on the red carpet, while stars including Sharon Stone, Emily Ratajkowski, and Peter Sarsgaard attended to watch.
Crimes of the Future does not yet have a confirmed UK release date.
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