Archive of films Cosmopolis / Cosmopolis

France / Canada / Portugal / Italy
2012, 108 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2012

Set in New York in the near future, this is the story of a rapacious and insatiable young Wall Street superstar (Robert Pattison) seen cruising Manhattan in his luxurious limousine. Outside the bulletproof glass of his automobile, the world is succumbing to violence and freakishness – and the young man is hurtling toward irreversible ruin…. In this dark, surreal vision, David Cronenberg probes the grimmest aspects of the economic crisis.


Set in New York in the near future, this is the dark story of a 28-year-old financial magnate named Eric Packer. Ensconced in his luxurious limousine, the rapacious and insatiable Wall Street superstar travels all the way across Manhattan to have his hair cut by his father’s venerable barber. Along the way he notes the yen slumping as he gazes through the bulletproof glass of his automobile at a world rife with violence and freakishness. Over the course of 24 hours, Eric watches as his empire collapses irretrievably. Once so self-assured, the young man begins to understand that someone is out to get him.... In his adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel, David Cronenberg once again taps into the motifs that have long fascinated him: social phobias and anxieties, and the interpenetration of organic matter and the psychological state of his disaffected hero. Under the director’s guidance, Robert Pattinson excels in this surreal vision charting the dark side of the economic crisis.

About the director

David Cronenberg (b. 1943, Toronto) has enriched the cinema world with his disturbing film offerings for more than 45 years. After piquing interest with his short works, he foreshadowed his favorite themes in the fantasy projects Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970): gender metamorphosis, social phobias, and the relationship between the organic world and the psychological state. He rose in popularity thanks to experiments in the B-grade genres of sci-fi and horror, including Scanners (1980), Videodrome (1982), The Dead Zone (1983), and The Fly (1986). His mature period is best characterized by the films Dead Ringers (1988), Crash (1996), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), and A Dangerous Method (2011).


35 MM
Psohlavců 8, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 244 464 135
Fax: +420 244 464 395

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenplay: David Cronenberg na motivy románu / based on the novel by Don DeLillo
Dir. of Photography: Peter Suschitzky
Music: Howard Shore
Editor: Ronald Sanders
Producer: Paulo Branco, Martin Katz
Production: Alfama Films Production, Prospero Pictures
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric
Contact: 35 MM
Distributor: 35 MM


Eva Hartmanová


Igor Konyukov



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