Ryan Gosling is both adorable and badass, but he is also a bit, well, weird. In a totally cooler than you sort of way, but you know, still weird. So now that we have our first look at his debut as a writer-director, it is a little bit, well, weird. Lost River is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and they’ve released a teaser to capitalize on the buzz.
In the press notes, Gosling writes,
This film was, in a lot ways, a gift from the directors I've been working with over the last few years. I've gone between acting in films completely based in reality with Derek Cianfrance to the fevered dreams of Nicolas Winding Refn. I think I've vacillated between these two extremes because my own sensibilities as a filmmaker lay somewhere in-between.
The teaser could be described as a starkly real fever dream, so that makes sense, I guess. Gosling further explains,
I began to think of a story that took place… in Lost River, an imagined city with an imagined past. As the elements of the story began to emerge; a family losing their home, a mysterious secret beneath the surface, I drew from the 80's family fantasy films that I grew up with and filtered them through the sensibilities about film I've acquired since.
The dark fairy tale stars Matt Smith in his first post-Doctor Who role, along with Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, and Saoirse Ronan. There is no U.S. release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Lost River could be terribly good or just plain terrible, but either way it looks like it will be something to see.