Filmed in black and white on the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto, Cronenberg's first short feature announced the arrival of a powerful new cinematic imagination.
Made while Cronenberg was earning his BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto, Transfer is a surreal sketch about a psychiatrist and his obsessive patient who have an uncomfortable conversation at a dinner table in the middle of a snow-covered field.
Two men — purportedly a secret agent and a chemical warfare expert — meet in a bathtub, where they discuss the strange mutations caused by a recent war and have a bizarre vegetative encounter.
Commissioned by TIFF to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Festival in 2000, Camera features frequent Cronenberg collaborator Leslie Carlson as an actor who delivers a diatribe against the malicious power of the movie camera while a group of young children film him.
Commissioned for the sixtieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival as part of the anthology film Chacun son cinéma, the sardonic yet disturbing At the Suicide... stars Cronenberg himself in the title role, holding a gun to his head and preparing to kill himself on live TV, while unseen commentators dispassionately discuss the role of Jews in cinema.
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