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Wild at Heart

David Lynch directs this hallucinatory crime thriller about runaway convicts and forbidden love, blending elements of The Wizard of Oz and Elvis Presley fetishism with an eclectic, intense soundtrack. Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern star as Sailor and Lula, two lovers who know in their hearts that “this whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” Laura Dern Tribute Screening.


On Saturday, May 17, Laura Dern will be presented with the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. After an onstage interview with film clips from her career, there will be a screening of her 1990 Palme d'Or-winning collaboration with David Lynch, Wild at Heart.

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Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern star as Sailor Ripley and Lula Fortune, star-crossed lovers who can’t catch a break. When Sailor brutally dispenses with an assassin—hired by Lula’s psychotic mother, Marietta (Dern’s real-life mom, Diane Ladd)—in a Carolina dance hall, he’s locked in the pen for two years. Upon his release, the lovers defy Marietta again by taking a freedom ride to New Orleans in Sailor’s vintage T-Bird convertible. They’re on the way to California but only make it as far as Big Tuna, Texas, waylaid by another bad crowd. Meanwhile, Marietta’s lovers-cum-henchmen, played with a pathetic inevitability by Harry Dean Stanton and with oozing menace by J.E. Freeman, are after Sailor’s head. The controversial road/revenge/redemption flick was resisted by Roger Ebert on grounds of malevolence and misogyny but won the 1990 Palme d’Or at Cannes. Its soundtrack and many cameos combine in moments that are unpredictable on first viewing and then unforgettable—so that you’ll never forget Willem Dafoe’s truly revolting Bobby Peru, or hear Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and not think of a beautiful, and doomed, Sherilyn Fenn. Lynch’s milestone film, like Sailor’s ever-present snakeskin jacket, is the ultimate symbol of artistic individuality and belief in personal freedom.

Director Biography

American auteur David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana and went on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His first feature film, Eraserhead (1977), became an instant cult-classic. Lynch followed this with several award-winning, surreal, experimental, and darkly-comical films, as well as the acclaimed television show Twin Peaks (1990-1991). He’s received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the Legion of Honor, France’s top civilian honor. Through his art, films, music, and design, Lynch has cemented himself as one of the most prolific figures in modern cinema.

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Director: David Lynch
Principal Cast: Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage, Crispin Glover, Isabella Rossellini
Country: USA
Year: 1990
Running Time: 125 minutes
Producer: Steve Golin. Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Screenplay: Barry Gifford, David Lynch
Cinematographers: Frederick Elmes
Editors: Duwayne Dunham
Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 1990 (Palme d’Or)
Filmography: Duran Duran: Unstaged (2011); Inland Empire (2006); Mulholland Dr. (2001); The Straight Story (1999); Lost Highway (1997); Zelly and Me (1988); Blue Velvet (1986); Dune (1984); The Elephant Man (1980); Eraserheard (1977)
Language: English
US Distributor: Samuel Goldywn Films
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