Prior to receiving his award, the director was greeted by a number of friendly faces who all honoured his commitment to cinema. Rossellini, during her speech, detailed the moment she was approached by Lynch to play the role of Dorothy Vallens in Blue Velvet—despite being the second choice to Helen Mirren.
“I learned that with David his words are not nearly as important as his reactions,” Rossellini said. “He’s a director whose face conveys exactly that he’s thinking. I learned that when you are in one of his films, you have to let his quiet guide you.”
She continued: “The emotions which David cannot hide are dug out of us actors, and we serve them for his film. Don’t look for straight, linear, simple narrative in David’s films. He dwells much deeper than that – he dwells in a realm of emotion that alludes simple explanation, definitive answer, rationality. He is attracted to mystery and he tries to capture it for his film; the mystery of our emotions, our feelings, our passions, our life.”