Among the most anticipated films at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is Nicolas Winding Refn’s, Only God Forgives. Refn is one of the most exciting figures in film today and Only God Forgives marks his second collaboration with actor Ryan Gosling (their first being 2011’s Drive). Refn is Kubrickian in his approach – his style is visceral and meticulously executed. Watching the trailer (below) it looks as though Only God Forgives will have all the hallmark aesthetics of a Refn film: measured silence, ultra-violence and cinemaphotography that borders on the lyrical. The story is one of revenge: Gosling plays Julian, an American who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favoruite son, Billy which sets Julian off for a quest for vengeance.
Only God Forgives screens on Cannes on Tuesday, 22 May and opens in Australia on 18 July. If you absolutely, positively must get a Ryan Gosling fix before then, you can always watch him refusing to eat cereal.