In January, director David Lynch [site] visited the Bay Area to present an advance screening of his latest film, Inland Empire, at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Starring Laura Dern (in her fourth collaboration with the director) as "a woman in trouble," the story transverses the realm between reality and fantasy, present and past, exploiting the benefits (and, to great effect, weaknesses) of small-format digital video in this discomforting, nearly-three-hour film. Inland Empire is also something of a distant relative to Lynch's Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. in its use of overlapping narratives and themes, to the extent that the three could loosely be considered a trilogy.
Throughout his career, from the earliest shorts and features, to his television programs and most recent projects, David Lynch has consistently crafted exceptional work that operates within its own self-contained and self-realized world. A world not unlike the one we live. But not quite.
For those fortunate enough to attend the sold-out screening, Lynch used the occasion to talk briefly about Inland Empire and other topics, fielding questions from the Rafael's Director of Programming Richard Peterson and the audience. Fortunately for the rest of you, these comments are reproduced below.
-- Jonathan Marlow
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