Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature ANTIVIRAL will celebrate its world premiere at Un Certain Regard, part of the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.
Written by Cronenberg, ANTIVIRAL stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) and Malcolm MacDowell (A Clockwork Orange).
Syd March, an employee at the Lucas clinic, sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. He also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans and must now unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.
On receiving news of the official selection, Brandon Cronenberg commented, "It's an honour and a thrill to be going to Cannes. I was fortunate to connect with such weirdly great people on ANITVIRAL, and to premiere our work like this is completely exciting."
ANTIVIRAL is produced by Rhombus Media with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the OMDC. The film will be distributed by Alliance Films in Canada and in the UK by its subsidiary Momentum Pictures.SOURCE
L'UOMO VOGUE SCANS
He has reddish hair, a full mouth with sad corners, and skin covered with freckles. “They’re natural tattoos,” says Caleb Landry Jones, one of the most sought-after youngsters in Hollywood. At 22 he is entering with merit the world of “celebrities”; fame has stricken him straight in the face, like the punch he got from Mark Wahlberg, alias Chris Farraday, in Contraband, the film to be released in May in which Caleb plays the role of Andy, a young man in trouble for a drug traffic gone wrong.
Only a year and a half ago he was one of the many teenagers that come to Hollywood to seek fame, but today luck is by his side, thanks to an experienced management that has suggested for him roles that are not right for just anyone. Like the introverted protagonist of The Last Exorcism, a supernatural horror movie released in 2010 and set in Louisiana, in a community where religious extremism, superstition and satanic rituals mix together. “I have been acting since I was thirteen,” says Caleb.
“I began with small roles in successful movies like No Country For Old Men by the Coen brothers; but it was The Last Exorcism that changed my life: with what I earned I left Texas and moved to Los Angeles. My first week there I slept on a friend’s couch, then I got a room in a residence, the same place where I still live. I looked immediately for a regular job so I could be able to pay my bills. I applied at supermarkets, clothing stores, restaurants and small stores. But I wasn’t lucky. Hollywood lives with movies, so in the beginning I only got small parts.
My first job was in The Social Network. Six months later I got a part in X-Men: First Class and I flew to London, where I stayed a month and where I auditioned for Contraband. I studied the part with my manager, auditioning also through Skype. And they liked me. So from London I flew directly to New Orleans.” On the set for Contraband Caleb experienced moments of anxiety. “The hardest scene was the one where, after coming back from the hospital, I decide to leave for Panama and start putting random things in my backpack. I was nervous, very nervous. It was the scene they had asked for during the audition, but there had been changes and I felt a lot of pressure. I thought I couldn’t do it right. I calmed down when the director Baltazar Kormákur told me everything was ok. Actors are always the last to see what they have created.”
Originally from Texas, Caleb was raised in Richardson, in the outskirts of Dallas. “It’s the typical American town where nothing ever happens and in the everyday boredom you can raise a family safely,” he says. “There you can send your children walking to school and ride a bike to get an ice-cream. ” His parents live in a farm with about ten acres, two barns, and lots of chickens, hens, and a rooster that breaks the silences with long cock-a-doodle-dos. But the two masters of the ranch are the two watchdogs, Jeremia and Winston: “I grew up with them. I was only three when Jeremia became part of the family. Winston, instead, was adopted about four years ago,” recalls Caleb. At that moment the two furry friends come up to him, wagging their tails.
Caleb points out: “I’ve just come back from Canada and in the last months I’ve been working on two movies at the same time, Byzantium and Antiviral.” In Byzantium, by Irish director Neil Jordan, Caleb is Frank, a sick boy that has to face two female vampires. But it’s Antiviral, directed by Brandon Cronenberg (son of Canadian director David), the movie that should set the young Texan among the new talents in Hollywood. At least according to him. “I play the protagonist, Syd March: a perfect role for me,” he says without hesitation. His character is a young employer in a clinic that sells viruses taken from celebrities to fans, and to not arouse suspicion he injects the viruses on himself. But as soon as he goes back to Hollywood Caleb’s first goal is to move.
“I need a bigger place, right now I live in a room without kitchen and with a small closet. I can’t play nor record my music there. Writing songs is an essential part of my life: my mother teaches piano and I have inherited my grandparents’ passion for music, especially from my grandfather Tommy, who was a great drummer. It’s no coincidence that I play the drums best, but I am also good with the guitar and the piano. I’m trying to start a band with some friends, we play a bit of everything, especially rock,” he says. “I’m a perfectionist and that takes me to do things over hundreds of times without being ever fully satisfied with what I have made."
BONUS VIDEO OF CALEB LOOKING LIKE A DIRTY HIPSTER
so proud of my bb <3 werq caleb. and i'm glad his hair is looking better (and i'm just going to pretend that video doesn't exist if i'm ever to try and take him seriously).