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First Look: Ryan Gosling's Trippy Cannes-Bound Directorial Debut 'Lost River'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 18, 2014 at 2:28PM

Cannes certainly knows how to roll out the red carpet for Hollywood stars, so it came as no surprise yesterday when Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "Lost River" landed a slot in the fest's edgy Un Certain Regard sidebar.
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Gosling on the set of 'Lost River'
Gosling on the set of 'Lost River'

Cannes certainly knows how to roll out the red carpet for Hollywood stars, so it came as no surprise yesterday when Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "Lost River" landed a slot in the fest's edgy Un Certain Regard sidebar.

Originally titled "How to Catch a Monster," this dark and surreal film boasts an all-star indie cast including Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes and Ben Mendelsohn. Though plot details are scant, we know that Hendricks plays a single mother who falls into some sort of dark underworld while her son (played by Iain De Caestecker of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") happens upon an underwater utopia.

Judging from the film's first images (below), "Lost River," which Warner Bros. will distribute later this year, has echoes of a twisted Lynchian fairyland. One image, apparently of Hendricks, immediately brings to mind Lynch's Hollywood-set nightmare "Inland Empire."

The Un Certain Regard sidebar tends toward Competition also-rans, innovative and imaginative filmmakers and Cannes first-timers, and as an actor-turned-director who has appeared on the red carpet for "Blue Valentine" and "Drive," among other films, Gosling fits comfortably in that wheelhouse.

Lost River
Lost River


This article is related to: Ryan Gosling, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Festivals, Christina Hendricks


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.