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Inland Empire

May 28, 2022

Inland Empire

(dir. David Lynch, 2006)

New 4K remaster supervised by David Lynch!
Author Melissa Anderson in person!


7:00 PM


7:30 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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David  Lynch’s tenth movie—which he has claimed to be his final feature—is also  his most intuitive and defiantly avant-garde film, and one of the most  significant digital works of the new millennium. Featuring an  unforgettably intense performance by Laura Dern, the film was developed  out of Lynch’s early-2000s web-short experiments and a 14-page monologue  written for Dern, only to expand into a dense, nightmarish web of  intrigue, with déjà vu encounters and nefarious doppelgängers appearing  within and beyond a cursed Hollywood studio system. Shot piecemeal over  the course of a year before Lynch self-distributed it in 2006, Inland Empire uses the freedom and harshness of digital video to exploit blown-out,  muddy images and freakish close-ups, while featuring some of the most  haunting original music of his career (by Lynch and Chrysta Bell).  Emotional and absorbing, this cinematic mise-en-âbyme is still as  unclassifiable as it was when first released.

Acropolis and Mezzanine co-present a special screening of Lynch’s newly  remastered epic on occasion of Melissa Anderson’s monograph on the  film—part of Fireflies Press’s Decadent Editions, which cover essential  works of world cinema from the first decade of the 2000s. Copies of the  book INLAND EMPIRE, including a limited number signed by Anderson, will  be available to purchase after the screening.

In person: Melissa Anderson

About Mezzanine: Developed and overseen by Micah Gottlieb, Mezzanine is an irregular independent and revival film series based in Los Angeles. Programs  are frequently done in collaboration with local artists, filmmakers,  writers, curators and other luminaries from specific disciplines. For more information visit

Extraordinary, savagely uncompromised.

- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Seems like a transmission from cinema's future.

-  Jonathan Rothkopf, Time Out

The Atlas Shrugged of narrative avant-garde films, compulsively watchable and insanely self-devouring.

- Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

A sinister and critical portrait of Hollywood... Lynch's best and most experimental feature since Eraserhead.

- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

One of the ten best films of the year. Everything in Inland Empire is uncanny, unmoored, and out of joint. The major special effect is the creepy merging of spaces or times.

- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

(Available to download after screening date)

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