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Lynch’s “Inland Empire” Launches in NYC

Lynch's "Inland Empire" Launches in NYC

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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