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First Clip: Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut, “LOST RIVER”

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We’ve been keeping a close eye on the journey of Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, LOST RIVER. From its description as something of a surreal, horror-fantasy-noir to the actor’s inspirations and influences (from Lynch to Refn) to the inclusion of the beloved Barbara Steele, much about the film seems curious and worth anticipating. Now, as the film is set to premiere this week at Cannes, a first teaser clip has arrived and LOST RIVER’S strange vibe is on full display.

There’s a range of playful style evident in the short runtime of this first clip—from evocative slo-mo, to the bizarre, dreamy character introduction of Matt Smith’s (DOCTOR WHO) Bully, to recurring burning imagery—that has me eager to see it both in context and its entirety.

In LOST RIVER, Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two, swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old 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.

For more on the film, see a host of images and Gosling’s Director’s Statement here. LOST RIVER premieres May 20 in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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Samuel Zimmerman
Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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