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Lynch's "Inland Empire" Launches in NYC

by Anthony Kaufman
October 31, 2006 3:21 AM
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That was quick. After confounding audiences and distributors at the New York FIlm Festival earlier this month, David Lynch has quickly settled on his self-distribution strategy, launching his latest headscratcher "Inland Empire" on Wednesday, December 6, at the IFC Center in New York. The two-week theatrical run is exclusive, according to an IFC Center press release; stay tuned to find out where else in the country the film will play. I know that IFC reps were high on the film, so perhaps this is a way for the company to support the movie without paying up for it.

I can't say I'm one of the film's biggest supporters; I'll admit I was probably more perplexed than blown away by Lynch's low-tech DV nightmare, which mashes Laura Dern screen tests, with a number of Lynch fascinations that he's been developing over the last couple years on his website, including a sitcom involving people in rabbit suits ("Rabbits") and a mystery series called "Axxon N." With dancing prostitutes, Polish heavies, a jealous husband, a Hollywood curse and lots of meta-filmic moments about the nature of film and reality, it's a fascinating work that's essential viewing for the Lynch completist. But for everyone else, this ain't no "The Straight Story."

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  • Michael | November 1, 2006 12:36 AMReply

    I'm surprised, two weeks seems very short for the exclusive run of a David Lynch film in New York. Any word at all on international distribution?

  • Sujewa | October 31, 2006 11:47 AMReply

    Flick is set to play in LA area around 12/15. There's a brief 10/30 post on my blog w/ links:

    - Sujewa

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