Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

USA | 1990 | 125 min. | David Lynch

June 23 - July 3, 2023

SIFF Series - Dreams & Nightmares: The Films of David Lynch

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.”

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Sailor and Lula are two lovers struggling to remain together even when fate seems intent on keeping them apart. In this case, fate is Lula's mother, Marietta Fortune; a desperate woman who hates Sailor and will do anything to keep him away from her daughter. After Sailor is released from prison for murdering a man in self-defence, he and Lula embark on a sex-filled, rocking road trip, aware all the time that they are being hunted by Marietta's cronies.

  • Director: David Lynch
  • Principal Cast: Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage, Crispin Glover, Isabella Rossellini
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 125 min.
  • 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: Inland Empire (2006), Mulholland Dr. (2001), The Straight Story (1999), Lost Highway (1997), Blue Velvet (1986), Dune (1984), The Elephant Man (1980), Eraserheard (1977)
  • Language: English