Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, unquestionably has some big buzz behind it simply because it’s the actor’s first crack at heading behind the camera, but the film’s recent inclusion in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section has only turned that buzz up even higher.
Being included in the Cannes lineup is always an honor – especially for first-time filmmakers like Gosling – but it’s also important to focus on the section that films are included in. In the case of Gosling and Lost River, the Un Certain Regard section is dedicated to Cannes newbies (check) and features that might be a little more out of the box than the rest of the competition slate (interesting).
From the looks of a pair of stills from the film, thanks to /Film, it certainly seems as if Gosling’s film is very out of the box. We don’t know that much about the feature beyond it’s official synopsis, which tells us: “Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.” We also know that the title refers to the town the family lives in, a once-happy place that is currently in a state of disarray and disrepair (kind of like the family itself).
Another interesting hint about what we might expect to see from the film – it was previously titled How to Catch a Monster.
“Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks, who figures prominently in both of these stills, is playing Billy. Hendricks is joined in the feature by a wide range of talents, including Iain De Caestecker (who plays Bones), Saoirse Ronan (who will play a neighbor of the family), “Dr. Who” star Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn (the latter two of whom worked with Gosling on Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines).
The film will have its world premiere in Cannes at May, and based on the talents behind it, will likely get picked up for some sort of smaller theatrical release. Interested in seeing what kind of talent Gosling might have as a director?
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