Only God Forgives, the film that will reunite Ryan Gosling with director Nicolas Winding Refn, will be screened for awards consideration at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pair’s first film together, Drive, earned Nicolas Winding Refn the festival’s award for best director in 2011. Only God Forgives will also feature BAFTA winner Kristin Scott Thomas.
With Hollywood favourite Ryan Gosling and awards consideration at this year’s Cannes film festival, Only God Forgives is set to be an American and European box office success this summer.
The official synopsis is:
Bangkok. Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. He has everything he wants for and is respected in the criminal underworld though, deep inside, he feels empty.
When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance (Vithaya Pansringarm). Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand. Julian’s mother Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas) – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.
Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release… but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.
This year’s Cannes film festival will run from 15th – 26th May, opening with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and closing with Jérôme Salle’s Zulu.
Only God Forgives will be in cinemas summer 2013.