Inland Empire

Wednesday, May 17 - Thursday, June 15, 2023

4K Restoration!

Lynch’s hallucinatory vision returns with Laura Dern in a tour-de-force performance as, perhaps, an actress whose dream role quickly devolves into nightmare. Intrigued by the possibilities of early-aughts consumer-grade digital video, Lynch started out shooting tests with Dern and then grafted on scenes of Hollywood machinations, conjugal intrigue, Polish curses, and even a rabbit-headed sitcom parody. The result is as dark, unpredictable and utterly compelling as anything he’s ever done, both an epic recap of a career—including appearances by Lynch veterans Justin Theroux, Laura Harring, Grace Zabriskie, Diane Ladd, and the inimitable Harry Dean Stanton—and his most radical and experimental movie since Eraserhead.

Screening as part of our summer series The Films of David Lynch.

Previously screened April 8, 2022-July 14, 2022 at IFC Center.


Lynch merch is on sale now!  Stop by the concession stand for critic Melissa Anderson’s book “Inland Empire,” ERASERHEAD posters, and the David Lynch director tote (also available online)!


  • Year 2006
  • Running Time 179 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Janus
  • Director David Lynch
  • Cast Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring, Grace Zabriskie
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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