Inland Empire

Director: David Lynch Run Time: 180 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 2006

Starring: Grace Zabriskie, Harry Dean Stanton, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka, Laura Dern, William H. Macy

Introduction to the Friday screening by Adam Lowenstein, author of the upcoming book Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media.

David Lynch’s modern surrealist opus INLAND EMPIRE unfolds when an actress loses her grasp on reality as her personality begins to conflate with that of her character.

Time collapses, moves forwards and backwards in David Lynch’s Inland Empire as an actress (Nikki, played by Laura Dern) navigates the fragmentation of her existence that occurs when she delves deeper into the filming of a Polish gypsy folktale. Shot on a handheld Sony PD150 digital video recorder, Lynch’s follow up to Mulholland Drive was shot over the course of two and a half years without a formalized script and is, perhaps, the culmination of the profound lure the master of modern surrealist film has on audiences: unconventional and disorientating storytelling expressed through tantalizingly abstract imagery and bizarre symbolism. Inland Empire is an impossible film to write about or to summarize, it is only to be experienced.

Part of Nitehawk’s upcoming SUMMER OF SURREALISM program.