Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. At the center of the story is Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) whose latest games system eXistenZ taps so deeply into its users’ fears and desires that it blurs the boundaries between reality and escapism.
When fanatics attempt to assassinate Allegra, she is forced to flee. Her sole ally is Ted Pikul (Jude Law), a novice security guard who is sworn to protect her. Persuading Ted into playing the game, Allegra draws them both into a phantasmagoric world where existence ends and eXistenZ begins.
Awards and Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Canadian Screen Awards
Winner, Best Editing
Nominee, Best Picture
Written and Directed by:
Jennifer Jason Leigh
"This darkly sexual sci-fi horror variant by Cronenberg makes The Matrix look like child's play."
- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle