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Lynch/Oz (2023)

Opens on June 16

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe Run Time: 108 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Amy Nicholson, John Waters, Milkhaus, Phillip Lloyd Hegel, Rodney Ascher

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Tribeca Film Festival

The themes, images, and cultural vernacular of Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz continue to haunt David Lynch’s art and filmography—from his very first short, The Alphabet, to his latest series, Twin Peaks: The Return. Arguably, no filmmaker has so consistently drawn inspiration—consciously or unconsciously—from a single work.

Is David Lynch trapped in the land of Oz? If so, can we derive a new appreciation for Lynch’s body of work from taking a closer look at how it intersects and communicates with The Wizard of Oz? In turn, do Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, or The Elephant Man have something to say about the enduring resonance of one of America’s most beloved classic movies?

Through six distinct perspectives and narrated by some of contemporary cinema’s most exciting voices, Lynch/Oz will take us down the proverbial rabbit hole, help us re-experience and re-interpret The Wizard of Oz by way of David Lynch, to deliver a whole new appreciation for Lynch’s symbolism through the lens of his greatest influence.

About the filmmaker:

Alexandre O. Philippe is a Swiss film director known for his documentaries. He holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and serves as creative director at Exhibit A Pictures. With a body of work that includes SXSW selection Doc of the Dead (2014), and Sundance selections 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017) and Memory: The Origins of “Alien” (2019), Philippe has developed his own brand of cinema essay exploring the art of filmmaking and its practitioners.

His most recent works include Venice and Sundance selection Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on “The Exorcist” (2020), and The Taking (2021), which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in late 2021, Tribeca selection Lynch/Oz (2023), and SXSW selection You Can Call Me Bill (2023).

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