David Lynch - The Art Life
 

Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
USA & Denmark | 2016 | 88 min

Amsterdam premiere screening on the 24th of May at Rialto. In selected Dutch cinemas from June.

Through personal photos, home movies and his own paintings, the iconic cineaste David Lynch reveals his formative years, from his idyllic upbringing in small town America and his early fascination with the ‘art life’, to the dark streets of Philadelphia, where he first imagined “paintings that moved, with sound” and made his first short films combining animation and live action.

Painting in his studio or playing with his youngest daughter (to whom the film is dedicated), Lynch candidly retells personal stories from his past that unfold like scenes from his films and that shine a light into the dark corners of Lynch’s unique world.

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Directed by a trio of Lynch’s collaborators (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm), this intimate documentary portrait exposes the personal experiences that shaped one of cinema’s most enigmatic auteurs and reveals how art allowed him to find his place in the world and, at the same time, to create a world of his own.


Reviews

“Insightful and absorbing.” – Time Out London

“This cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch — one of American cinema’s finest oddities — is a compelling slice of cinephile inquiry.” - RogerEbert.com

“There’s much to interest the Lynch fan here, but it also might be an unparalleled assessment of the artistic learning of a great American filmmaker.” – The Film Stage

“It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.”  The Guardian Read more

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