Originally titled How To Catch A Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River is about to show at Cannes, and in celebration of this event, the very first footage from the film has been released.
The clip doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but what it does show us is that the film is going to be very strange, highly unsettling, and disturbing in a sort of David Lynch kinda way, and I am sold on all counts. Blending nightmarish imagery with a sort of Nicolas Winding Refn style of pacing (I am thinking Only God Forgives and Valhalla Rising here), the clip is extraordinary.
Like I said, it makes little sense, but only adds to the intrigue into what this film will be like, and I predict this could be one of the big hitters at Cannes, and I can’t wait to read the reviews.
Plot details are still a bit of a secret, but we do have a good idea of what the film is about thanks to last years press release, which confirmed Warner Brothers will be distributing the feature. Here is what the press release revealed about Lost River, and you will find the clip below.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing the film on behalf of Marc Platt Productions, along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner.
How To Catch A Monster stars Eva Mendes, Saorise Rona, Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker and Ben Mendelsohn.
HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. 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, Bones, 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.
HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER marks Gosling’s first time writing and directing a feature film. Gosling is an Oscar® nominated actor having starred in films including THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, DRIVE, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL and HALF NELSON for which he received his Academy Award® nomination.
To shed a bit more light on the film, star Iain De Caestecker revealed a very small amount of information on the films story in an interview with Empire Magazine:
“All I can really say is that it centers around a family. There’s my character, Bones, his mother and his younger brother. There’s also a girl next door played by Saoirse Ronan, called Rat,” said the actor. “It’s about this family living in a town called Lost River, which is perhaps a place that was once full of family and happiness and love, and is now this town that’s slowly descending into a place without any hope. This family is holding onto the foundations of their house and everything they think they need to hold onto.”