Nicolas Winding Refn

A bold and intriguing talent, Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn called himself "a fetish filmmaker," stating that he chose his projects based on whether he would like to see them and felt strongly it was ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1970 in Copenhagen, , DK

Filmography

Director (10)

The Neon Demon 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Only God Forgives 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Drive 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Valhalla Rising 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Bronson 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Fear X 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Bleeder 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Pusher 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

The Neon Demon 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Only God Forgives 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Valhalla Rising 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bronson 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fear X 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bleeder 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pusher 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Dying of the Light 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pusher 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bleeder 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Jodorowsky's Dune 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

A bold and intriguing talent, Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn called himself "a fetish filmmaker," stating that he chose his projects based on whether he would like to see them and felt strongly it was necessary for art to be extreme. Poetic and baffling in turns, his work was frequently punctuated by jarring bursts of violence, often amidst gritty, intense looks at criminal sub-cultures. Winding Refn's lead characters were invariably pushed past their breaking point by circumstances, but sometimes also reacted with surprising degrees of sincere human emotion. Always shooting in chronological order as a way of getting consistent performances from his actors, Winding Refn was open about his influences, which ranged from the cinema of Kenneth Anger, "Le Samourai" (1967), "Mean Streets" (1973) and "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974) to others more unexpected like the teen comedies of John Hughes. However, this was in keeping with the duality of a director who described his films as being "very feminine," even while they incorporated instances of cringe-inducing brutality. Presented with the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the mesmerizing, widely acclaimed thriller "Drive" (2011), Winding Refn was hailed as one of the most visionary directors of his generation, delivering the sort of dazzling creativity and risk taking that reinvigorates genres and take viewers on difficult, astonishing journeys.

Milestones

2011

Earned critical praise for his U.S. feature debut "Drive," starring Ryan Gosling

2009

As writer and director, reunited with actor Mads Mikkelsen in "Valhalla Rising"

2008

Directed the biographical drama "Bronson," starring Tom Hardy; also wrote screenplay

2005

Completed the trilogy with "I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III"

2004

Wrote, directed and produced the sequel "With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II"; also starred Mikkelsen

2001

Wrote and produced the Danish TV series "The Chosen 7"

1996

Made his feature writing and directorial debut with the violent crime thriller "Pusher," starring Mads Mikkelsen; also acted in film

1987

Moved back to Copenhagen at 17 to finish high school

1981

Moved to the U.S. and grew up in New York

Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts but was expelled after he reportedly threw a desk at a classroom wall

Enrolled to the Danish Film School, but dropped out

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