Ryan spoke to the press during the Cannes Film Festival to promote his directorial debut “Lost River“. You can watch the interviews releases so far below/inside this post and we will edit this post when more interviews get released.
Vulture talked with “Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director Nicolas Winding Refn about “Lost River“.
We already know that critics didn’t look too fondly upon Ryan Gosling’s writing and directorial debut Lost River, which premiered last week at Cannes. But there is one person who, unsurprisingly, immediately springs to his defense.
At Saturday night’s Cannes closing night dinner, I approached Nicolas Winding Refn — a jury member this year; Gosling’s director on Drive and the booed at Cannes Only God Forgives; and Gos’s best bro for life — about all those bad reviews. “Ah, my twin!” he said, as soon as I brought up Gosling’s name. “I think it’s a beautiful, beautiful, great movie that will grow on people. There are images from it that still stick with me.”
Ryan and his cast made an appearance on Le Grand Journal to promote “Lost River“. You can (re)watch the interview below, and we added the screencaptures in our gallery.
Captures from 2014 > Canal + Le Grand Journal Cannes Special – May 20, 2014
Ryan and his cast attended the “Lost River” premiere during the Cannes Film Festival last night. The first batch with HQs are added in our gallery, but we expect more additions later on so be sure to come back later.
Events from 2014 > May 20 | The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival – “Lost River” Premiere
“Lost River” premiered at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival earlier today and the first reviews are coming in. The movie is getting mixed reviews so far and sadly some of them are pretty negative yet most of them note that they do see potential in Ryan as a director. A selection of reviews can be found below, and we will edit this post when more reviews are released.
“The last actor of the stature of Gosling to have his own film debut at Cannes was Johnny Depp. That film disappeared after the premiere, a fate unlikely to befall Gosling’s debut, which although occasionally baffling in a narrative sense, is sufficiently dazzling. As with Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, this film will be either loved or hated. It was booed at the end of the screening at Cannes. Those not enthused by Gosling’s abstract look at the death of America will no doubt levy accusations of pretentiousness. For my money, there is enough substance and intellectual awareness here that the star’s fans will still be delighted.”
–Kaleem Aftab, Independent
“All in all, Lost River feels like a student film with an A-List cast. Its homages are worn so prominently on its sleeve, it’s difficult to really tap into the creative identity beneath, but it’s an intriguing – if not entirely successful – debut. As a learning curve, it’ll likely be a steep one, and while this is definitely not one for the mainstream, film fans are guaranteed to find a whole hell of a lot to talk about.”
–Matt Risley, Total Film
Ryan and his cast members Reda Kateb, Matt Smith, Iain De Caestecker, and Christina Hendricks attended the Cannes Film Festival photocall for “Lost River” earlier today. The first batch with HQs are added in our gallery, but we expect more later on so check back later for more additions.
Events from 2014 > May 20 | The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival – “Lost River” Photocall
The official website of 2014 Cannes Film Festival released a new interview with Ryan in which he talks about “Lost River“, his next project and his influences. The movie will premiere later today at Cannes so be sure to come back for our coverage and (hopefully) the first reviews!
Ryan Gosling is back in Cannes, this time as a director. The actor has been at the Festival twice before, to represent the films Blue Valentine by Derek Cianfrance en 2008, and the atypical Drive by the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, which won the Best Director Award in 2011. This year, Ryan Gosling is competing for the prize in Un Certain Regard with a fantasy film about a family that is projected into a macabre reality. As a first-time director, he talks about what inspired him and the atmosphere on the set of Lost River.
Tell us how your film came about.
Since I had never made a film before I wanted to start with something simple. Try telling a simple story, like a fairy tale. I had the opportunity to work in Detroit for a few days on another movie. It’s a wildly special place with an incredible history and a mysterious future. There are many miles of abandoned neighborhoods and within them are families and kids growing up on streets where houses are being burned and torn down around them. It’s surreal and has a dark fairy tale quality to it already and not just in the destruction but in so many ways. So I decided to make a film there that followed a similar arc from dream to nightmare about a family living in a reality that bordered on fantasy.
The French production company The Jokers released the very first teaser for Ryan’s directorial debut “Lost River“. The movie is selected for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Un Certain Regard. You can watch the first footage of the movie below.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our coverage of him at Cannes. Can’t wait for the first reviews!