PHOTO: Telefilm Canada invests $2.7M in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis + BTS photo from set

In a press release today, Telefilm Canada announced their investment of $2.7 million in Cosmopolis and released a new behind-the-scenes photo from stills photographer, Caitlin Cronenberg.

David Cronenberg on the set of Cosmopolis

From Telefilm Canada:

Montreal, June 16, 2011 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that it has invested $2.7 million through its Canada Feature Film Fund into David Cronenberg’s (Eastern Promises) latest film Cosmopolis, for which principal photography recently began. The feature is adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name and stars Robert Pattinson (Water For Elephants, The Twilight Saga). The 40-day shoot on location and in studio will run through mid-July in Toronto.

“David Cronenberg is the definitive Canadian artist, who despite receiving many tempting offers to move to Hollywood, has remained in Canada to practice his craft,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Executive Director. “Since his early years in the 70s as a visionary horror film director, Telefilm has been a proud supporter of this edgy auteur who constantly eyes new challenges, while all the while creating films that connect with mainstream audiences worldwide.”

David Cronenberg added: “Telefilm has made my career in Canada possible. Their continuous support of my work since my early days as a filmmaker has allowed me to remain and work at home.”

Cosmopolis is produced by Martin Katz (Hotel Rwanda) of Toronto-based Prospero Pictures and Paulo Branco (Mysteries of Lisbon) through Paris-based Alfama Films Production as a Canada-France co-production.

Cosmopolis is a contemporary thriller about a young billionaire asset manager on a twenty-four hour odyssey across Manhattan. Despite traffic jams and a looming financial disaster, Eric Packer (Pattinson) risks traveling cross-town in his stretch limousine for a haircut. During delays including a presidential motorcade, a celebrity funeral, and political protests, Eric receives visitors, both for business and pleasure, in his opulent, high-tech automobile. As the encounters and the economic crisis intensify, Packer cynically gambles with his clients’ fortunes and his own. The stakes are enormous, and in the hours that pass, Packer’s limousine and life veer toward the end of an era.

Rounding out the all-star international cast are Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version), Academy Award-nominee Samantha Morton (In America), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method), Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, The Trotsky).

About Telefilm Canada

Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund. Visit

Such a supportive press release. So much love in Canada. 🙂

Photo credit: Caitlin Cronenberg

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  • DebbieCDC (aka Seattle Chik)

    Do you know what I picked up on first in this press release: “The feature is adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name and stars Robert Pattinson (Water For Elephants, The Twilight Saga). ” Notice that the credit for Rob for WFE comes BEFORE the mention of Twi. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but ANY step that moves him away from the preconceptions that some critics/moviegoers have of him as “that guy from the Twilight movies” is VERY welcome, IMHO.

    And thank God Mr. Cronenberg has never “gone Hollywood”.

    • it was a good moment wasnt it *tear* it’s the little things lol. i almost wish the Twi part of Rob could have just stayed with the fans. media turned it into such a negative for him moving forward. but whatev. what’s life without some challenges to conquer.

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  • Kim

    Way cool…support and belief in people! Canada sounds like a nice place. Is it cold up there?
    Challenges do make us better and stronger, be they positive or negative, to the comments above.
    By the way chauffeurs, anything besides the vodka in the limo?