Beauty, violence, and all the colours of the Refn-bow


Aside from the announcement it will be playing at Cannes this year, we don’t know much about The Neon Demon.

We know it will be about an aspiring model moving to Los Angeles, “where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has”. We know that it will be written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (as if the title didn’t give that away), and that it stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone and Christina Hendricks. In a recent piece in Empire magazine Refn would only tell them “Elle Fanning is the star. And she’s really good”. Given the recent output of both Fanning and Refn, that’s enough for me to see it opening day, but this gorgeous trailer somehow has me even more excited than I was before

I was looking forward to seeing Refn’s version of Los Angeles, as well as working with a predominantly female cast, and it seems like this is the case. Keanu Reeves doesn’t even appear in the trailer, despite apparently having an important role. What I wasn’t expecting was how colourful this trailer was, the visual style is astounding. I’m getting some Suspiria vibes that has me very interested.

After his last three movies have been about silent male protagonists, this is an interesting turn. But it’s the pairing with Elle Fanning that intrigues me. She was fantastic in Somewhere, and has been consistently brilliant ever since. She’s lined up a number of interesting projects in 2016, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a big year for her. I have yet to see a few of his earlier films, but Refn’s filmography has not let me down yet. Even the polarising Only God Forgives is a modern classic as far as I’m concerned, so I am pretty confident in saying this will be one of the best films of the year.

The Neon Demon doesn’t have an official release date yet, but will compete for the Palm D’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival