David Lynch-Produced Doc ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’ Sets Netflix Premiere

The film will play at this 2016 SXSW Film Festival before premiering on Netflix in March.


Streaming giant Netflix has acquired My Beautiful Broken Brain, a documentary produced by iconic filmmaker David Lynch that follows a Dutch-French filmmaker named Lotje Sodderland as she goes through the rehabilitation process following a traumatic stroke. She tries to start over, without the ability to speak properly, and attempts to convey her emotions though unexpected altered sensory perceptions.

Sodderland co-directed the film with fellow filmmaker Sophie Robinson after raising funds on Kickstarter to complete the movie.

“I am thrilled to join Lotje and Sophie in sharing My Beautiful Broken Brain with the world,” Lynch said in a statement on Friday. “The brain is truly fascinating and much in the way that our brains are able to achieve total coherence — finding enlightenment and fulfillment, you will surely be moved and inspired by this journey of self-rediscovery.”

The film is the latest addition to Netflix’s huge amount of original and critically acclaimed content. Specifically they’ve been making waves with their recent slate of documentaries. Besides the recent cultural phenomenon of Making a Murderer, both What Happened Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom — two Netflix originals — were nominated for Best Documentary (Feature) for this year’s Academy Awards. The pair of documentaries mark the third straight year Netflix has been nominated in that category.

My Beautiful Broken Brain is an official selection at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, and will premiere on Netflix worldwide on March 18.

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