Only-God-Forgives-Ryan-GoslingNicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives was amongst the handful of brilliant films announced this morning as premiering at this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The anticipated film sees the acclaimed Winding Refn reuniting with Ryan Gosling, after working together on one of the most memorable films in recent years, Drive.

The first trailer arrived earlier this month, giving us a terrific first look at the upcoming movie, followed more recently by a neon-infused teaser poster. And following this morning’s premiere announcement, two new international trailers have surfaced online.

Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.

When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. 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 – 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.

Gosling stars alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying, and Vithaya Pansringarm.

Winding Refn is directing from his own script, with past collaborator Lene Børglum (Valhalla Rising) once more serving as producer.

Only God Forgives is set to be released in the US on July 19th. Still no word yet on a firm UK release date, but I’m really hoping it will be arriving on our shores at the same time, following its debut out on the Croisette next month.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES – Bande Annonce VOSTF – En salles le 22 mai from LE PUBLIC SYSTEME CINEMA on Vimeo.

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Source: Thanks to Collider for the heads up.