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“That was when we were halfway through editing, and I thought, we’ve got to get this film finished or it’s going to be obsolete as a satirical work.”

Cronenberg says he’s toying with several ideas for his next project, which may well reflect some of the fascinations of “Antiviral.” But he hopes not to be pigeonholed.

“I’m not trying to specifically just do genre films or whatever this is,” he said.

“When you submit to festivals there’s usually a list (of categories), and I get phone calls _ `Is this a sci-fi thriller or just a normal thriller?’ I’m like, `Tick what you want, I have no idea.’”

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Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless