David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises is an intense psychological thriller about a mysterious Russian immigrant tied to a London crime family. With its thematic focus on personal and cultural identity, and its exploration of violence and the male psyche, Eastern Promises makes a fascinating companion piece to Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, which also stars Viggo Mortensen. Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) discussed the movie at a Museum screening prior to its successful U.S. release. The director’s sardonic world view and the screenwriter’s more sentimental humanism—and the duo’s mutual respect—are reflected in the film and the conversation.
Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.