David Lynch has decided to distribute his latest film by himself
.He's secured the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to his own movie, which had its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. Early word has been that it is quite possibly Lynch's most bizarre feature yet (his shorts surely can't be included in that consideration). The three-hour long film was shot on video - specifically, on a Sony PD150 camera - reportedly because he became infatuated with the medium after using it for his 2002 "Rabbits" shorts and has since renounced film.Inland Empire
sounds like it's gonna be great, if this review
is anything to go by. N.B. - it contains SPOILERS. If you don't want to know anything about the plot then perhaps this tidbit will satiate your curiosity for the moment:INLAND EMPIRE is both continuous with this thematic element of Lynch's work, and discontinuous with his usual visual approach. In the first ten minutes, you won't believe how terrible the DV looks. COPS-level, people. But then Lynch fave Grace Zabriskie (Laura Palmer's mom) shows up with a Polish accent troweled on as thick as her makeup, and down the rabbit-hole we go.
About a week ago, Terry Gilliam showed up outside the studio where The Daily Show is taped to promote his newest film, Tideland
. He had a placard that read: "STUDIO-LESS FILMMAKER - FAMILY TO SUPPORT - WILL DIRECT FOR FOOD". He hung out on the sidewalk for about an hour and chatted with folks. You can check out some pictures here
. Apparently no major distributor would touch the film and so a small outfit is handling it. I wouldn't be surprised if it never made it to Madison. However, it will be playing at the Music Box Theatre
in Chicago starting on the 20th of this month.