'Empire' state of mind

David Lynch muse Laura Dern stars in the director’s 2006 film Inland Empire. 

In his review of director David Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, “Some filmmakers work outside the box, but Lynch — the maker of surreal masterpieces (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive) — never fit in any box to begin with.” He went on to call Inland Empire “arguably his most ambitious mind-bender yet,” and at three hours, the R-rated vehicle for actor Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, October Sky) is a nightmarish journey of epic proportions.

Dern plays Nikki Grace, a Hollywood actor who takes on the personality of a character in a possibly cursed film production. Starting on Friday, the Center for Contemporary Arts screens a restored, 4K version of the film, with a newly remastered picture and soundtrack done under the supervision of Lynch. Watch the official trailer released by Janus Films at youtu.be/isd1C7g6XT0.

Center for Contemporary Arts Cinema, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 505-982-1338, ccasantafe.org

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