What makes a genius tick? We’re about to find out in the upcoming documentary called David Lynch: The Art of Life, which explores the formative years of one of our generation’s most iconic directors. “I think every time you do something, sometimes the past can conjure those ideas,” Lynch says in the film’s first trailer. “In those days, my world was no bigger than a couple of blocks. Huge worlds are in those two blocks,” he says of the years that shaped him.
By using archival footage as well as early relics from Lynch’s personal artistic oeuvre, director Jon Nguyen decodes how the madcap director of Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive came to be. Nguyen had a hard time convincing Lynch to talk about his own life during the film, but felt that “he was nearing a point in his life where he would become more inclined to reflect back on his life.”
The turning point came when Lynch became a father in 2012. Over the next three years the filmmakers “recorded over 20 audio conversations with Lynch at his home,” which became the spine of one of the most intimate portraits of an artist ever captured on film. David Lynch: The Art of Life premiered at the Venice Film Festival to raves over the weekend, but there’s no word yet on when we can expect a theatrical release. Watch the trailer above.