The trailer for Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial and writing debut, has been released (video above) – the film, as one would expect from the star of films such as Half Nelson and Blue Valentine, very much inhibits the indie genre. Gosling directs a star line-up that includes; Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith and his own girlfriend, Eva Mendes. 

The story follows the troubled existence of single mother, Billy, (played by Christina Hendricks) as she is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

The film has received mixed reviews from critics, who overwhelmingly reported trouble connecting with the sheer obscurity of the story, but admit that the stylised look of film is like a "cool music video."  

Lost River is set to premiere later this month on a limited platform and has been entered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. 

Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' trailer debuts