Ever since its debut last year, the dramatic thriller “Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks, has consistently been named one of the best films of 2011, and even the best film of the year.
Forget the fact that it wasn’t even a blip on the Oscars radar, “Drive” is what happens when a group of tremendously talented and creative people come together to bring a singularly brilliant vision to the screen. And luckily, some of those people are continuing to work together.
In a new interview with the French newspaper Liberation, translated by IndieWire, Nicolas Winding Refn discusses shooting his new film in Thailand with Ryan Gosling, and the future project he has in the works with Carey Mulligan.
Refn and Gosling have been filming “Only God Forgives” in Bangkok since January, and Refn had this to say about the location:
“I love this city… I could eat Thai everyday. I spent whole nights finding places [to shoot]. Especially in Chinatown, where most of the film unfolds. [The nightclubs]… they gave me ideas for scenes. It’s like the neon lights in the streets, forming strange perspectives. I decide always by instinct.”
Of the film, Ryan Gosling has stated that the story was one of the “strangest things” he had ever read, and that they would be shooting chronologically in Thailand for five months.
SLIDESHOW: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Nicolas Winding Refn
“Only God Forgives” tells the story of a man named Julian (Gosling) and his brother, who are running a drug smuggling operation in Bangkok, headed up by their mother (Kristen Scott Thomas). They run a Thai boxing club as a front for their illegal activity, but Julian’s brother ends up killing a prostitute, and that turns out to be a bit of illegal activity that a certain ruthless cop will not let them escape.
As for Refn’s upcoming project with Carey Mulligan titled “I Walk With the Dead,” he will only say that it is a “sex thriller,” and partly a “horror film,” and the he wants to film in either Los Angeles or Tokyo.
Refn hopes to have “Only God Forgives” finished in time for it to premiere at the Venice Film Festival this fall.
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