Crimes of the Future at Glasgow Film Theatre

crimes of the future

9 – 18 September, 2022

GFT, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

In a not-so-distant future, humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. As their biological makeup has changed, many humans have adapted to life with ‘Accelerated Evolution Syndrome’, thanks partly to specialised equipment that aids in everything from eating to sleeping.

Beloved performance artist Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen) sleeps in a womb-like bed suspended in mid-air. The OrchidBed, as it’s called, comes complete with software to anticipate and adjust his every bodily need. The machine even detects the growth of new organs, which Saul’s creative partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux) can observe and tattoo in his personal operating theatre. Together, Saul and Caprice have turned the discovery and removal of these new body organs into performance art, via sold out voyeuristic surgical shows using a sarcophagus-like machine where the surgeries take place.

These human evolutionary changes do not receive universal positivity. Before long, a new secret government entity is established – the National Organ Registry – led by bureaucrats Wippet (Don McKellar) and Timlin (Kristen Stewart) to discreetly track new organ growths, with particular enthusiasm for Saul’s artistic anomalies.

With increased scrutiny on the syndrome and therefore his art, Saul is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all.

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