The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Today, cult classic sci-fi by the director of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. Think of it as Star Wars’s troubled cousin.
The latest limited-edition print by LA artist (and movie-poster revisionist) Midnight Marauder pays tribute to 2001’s surrealist Hollywood head-trip Mulholland Drive.
It’s not every day you can pick up a piece of home-theater decor that mixes eerie visual impact with intellectual street cred to a degree guaranteed to impress your Xbox buddies and highbrow film-buff friends alike. (Nab a signed and numbered print for just $40—details here.)
Just don’t ask David Lynch—the film’s abstract-expressionist auteur and winner of a Cannes best-director prize for his work here—what exactly the movie is about.
Although critics, fans, and cast members have their theories on the film’s meaning, Lynch insists on leaving it open-ended. As is true of a piece of music, or even a dream, the director feels adamant that a film’s ideas, once put into motion, cannot adequately be translated back into words. (Watch an in-depth interview on the subject—fascinating for Lynchephiles and casual film fans alike.)
As always, Marauder’s poster design wordlessly conveys the filmmaker’s intentions better than a small army of critics ever could. Askew, dueling blondes, implying the film’s identity crises…The subject’s obscured gaze (a classically anarchic punk-rock poster motif)…Minimalist elements used to maximum effect. It all adds up to a strange but powerful feeling—similar to that imparted by the film’s moody score (see above) and Lynch’s one-of-a-kind work itself.