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.