Unsurprisingly among the recently announced Cannes Film Festival competition lineup (they love their returning auteurs), is Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. Originally conceived for his Drive damsel Carey Mulligan, the film stars Elle Fanning as a young girl breaking into the modeling industry. The whole thing looks very Suspiria meets perfume ad – and I mean that as a compliment.
These visuals? Forget about it – I’m full blown obsessed. From the trailers, it looks like we’ll be getting something as brooding and heightened as Refn’s Drive but not as impenetrable and alienating as Only God Forgives. The cinematography from Natasha Braier (who gave bravado to The Rover) is immaculate in these first glimpses – tense, sexy, simple. While I wouldn’t expect it to be a prize winner at Cannes, it looks like Amazon Studios has a treat coming for us this summer.