David Lynch to be Guest of Honor at Lucca Film Festival

Austin Hargrave
David Lynch

The 'Twin Peaks' director takes on Tuscany

The Lucca Film Festival is set to honor David Lynch at the 10th edition of its festival in Tuscany the last week of September. The program will include a complete retrospective of his films, including EraserheadThe Elephant ManBlue VelvetLost Highway and Mulholland Drive, as well as the premiere three of his recently restored shorts: The Amputee, Six Men Getting Sick and The Alphabet.

As part of the festivities, the festival Lucca will host the Italian premiere of the exhibition “David Lynch. Lost Visions. The Indiscreet Charm of Gaze.” The show features 60 of Lynch’s photographs, lithographs and videos, symbolizing recurring themes from his films, and is the director’s own homage to the surrealist art movement.

A panel, “Transcendental Meditation: Awareness in Art and in Economy,” will feature the director speaking on meditation’s place in the entertainment business. An evening concert will showcase a 45-piece orchestra playing the music of Lynch’s films. And an interactive installation will project Lynch’s music videos on the city's fortress walls.

Other honorees this year include English director John Boorman, whose last film, Queen and Country played in Cannes this year, and Julio Bressane, the Brazilian master of experimental cinema.

The festival will also pay tribute to Italian legend Pier Paolo Pasolini, screening the 35mm restored version of The Gospel According to St. Matthew on the 50th anniversary of its original release.

The Lucca Film Festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. 

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