Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)
Date: May 18, 2022
Location: 2220 Arts + Archives
Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
New 4K remaster supervised by David Lynch! Author Melissa Anderson in person!
Co-presented by Mezzanine.
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 mezzaninefilm.com
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