David Cronenberg, considered by most to be the inventor of what we now know to be the “body horror” sub-genre, has signed to co-star with Denis Levant and Isabelle Huppert in BODY ART. Based on the novel by Don DeLillo (whose COSMOPOLIS Cronenberg just turned into one of my favorite films of 2012), the story surrounds “a woman who goes to her summer home after her husband’s suicide, and discovers a strange young man squatting in an upstairs room who seems to be a reincarnation of her spouse”. The film will be directed by Luca Guadagnino (I AM LOVE).
Denis Lavant is fresh off of blowing the collective minds of art house fans everywhere with his chameleonic turn in HOLY MOTORS (which I had the pleasure of catching at last year’s Fantastic Fest), and Huppert is currently in Michael Haneke’s AMOUR, which is poised to do absolutely nothing at the Oscars, thus solidifying its long-term relevancy.
No word on who Cronenberg plays in the film as of yet, but that detail is probably irrelevant to most interested, as the pairing of he and Levant is fascinating to anybody with even a passing interest in avant-garde cinema.