A film by David Lynch

Wednesday, July 01

21:00 — Mindpirates Projektraum


The Ballad of Sailor and Lula

Just off the pilot for Twin Peaks, Lynch adapted Barry Giford’s novel, pumped up the sex, violence and color palette and threw in plenty of references to The Wizard of Oz; the resulting Palme d’Or winner is a lunatic road movie seething with the same dark intensity that pervades his earlier work.

“It was just exactly the right thing at the right time. The book and the violence in America merged in my mind and many different things happened. […] It was an awful tough world and there was something about Sailor being a rebel. But a rebel with a dream of the Wizard of Oz is kinda like a beautiful thing.” – David Lynch

Also starring Crispin Glover, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton as well as Twin Peakers Grace Zabriskie and Sherilyn Fenn.

“Lynch’s kinky fairy tale is a triumph of startling images and comic invention.
[…] Imagine The Wizard Of Oz with an oversexed witch, gun-toting Munchkins and love ballads from Elvis Presley, and you’ll get some idea of this erotic hellzapoppin.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Lynch evokes a surreal, sinister world that is very reminiscent of his earlier work: bloody murder, violent sexual passion, kooky kitsch, freaky characters immersed in private fantasies, digressive metaphors, symbols and cult-ish references, and bizarre humor to lighten the nightmare. […] Funny, scary and brilliantly cinematic.” – TimeOut

“Nicolas Cage does a brilliant line in fat Elvis impersonations, Dern is wonderfully good as the hyperactive Lula, and Lynch’s breathtaking imagination, surefooted direction and bizarre use of colour all add up to a genuine cinematic tour de force.
Not for the weak of heart, one of the best Lynchian outings with some fantastically memorable dialogue.” – Empire Magazine