Lost River: Ryan Golsling’s Directing Debut

Warner will do without a U.S. theatrical release for “Lost River,” Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut.

Instead, the studio will release the fantasy drama via video in April.  “Lost River” premiered to mostly negative notices in May at the Cannes Film Fest in the Un Certain Regard section.

The film is a violent fairy tale about a fractured family trying to survive among the ruins of a city overrun by thugs, sexual predators and other demons.

The film stars Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan and Iain De Caestecker. The script, written by Gosling, centers on a single mother swept into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

Warner acquired U.S. rights in 2013 during Cannes, where the film sold rights to 20 markets. The film, which was shot in Detroit, was called “How to Catch a Monster” at that point.

The production companies are Marc Platt, Phantasma Films and Bold Films production.