Runtime: 90 minutes
USA / Denmark
14A: coarse language, disturbing content
Directed by Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes
Starring: David Lynch
Part of the David Lynch Month Cinematica Series through May 2017.
Synopsis: In this new documentary, David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From the artist, director and musician’s idyllic upbringing in small-town America to the streets of Philadelphia, David Lynch: The Art Life shines a light into the dark worlds that gave birth to one of cinema’s most enigmatic and fascinating filmmakers.
Extravagantly surreal as the products of his imagination may be, they are deeply rooted in personal history and philosophy–and it’s this connection that Jon Nguyen’s disarmingly off-kilter documentary… probes to rewarding effect. -Variety
There’s old home-movie footage too, lots of it previously unseen, and it all feeds into that image of Lynch as the twisted by-product of middle America, an apple-cheeked Eagle Scout who somehow got drawn into the dark side. -Time Out