Knowledge Identifier: +Nicolas_Winding_Refn
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1970.
Countries: United States (44%), Denmark (10%), (10%)
Linked to: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association, Wild Bunch, Gaumont Film Company
He moved to the United States in 1978, and is known for directing the "Pusher" films , "Drive" and "Only God Forgives"
Zlatko Buric - He has appeared in several successful Danish films from the 1990s and 2000s, frequently appearing in films directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, including "Bleeder" and "The Pusher Trilogy": "Pusher", "Pusher II" & "Pusher III"
The original film garnered a Best Supporting Actor award at the 1997 Bodil awards
In 1999, Refn directed the crime-drama-thriller "Bleeder" , which featured much of the same cast from the "Pusher" Trilogy, including actors such as Kim Bodnia and Mads Mikkelsen
Refn won the FIPRESCI prize for the film at the 2000 Sarajevo Film Festival, and the film won Best Lighting at the Robert Festival, and was nominated for Best Film and Best Supporting Actress at the 2000 Bodil awards, as well as for the Grand Prix Asturias for Best Feature at the 1999 Gijon International Film Festival
In 2003, Refn directed and wrote his first U.S.-based Hollywood film, "Fear X", which starred John Turturro
Although being a commercial failure that bankrupted the film company at the time, the film won an International Fantasy Film award for Best Screenplay at the 2004 Fantasporto Film Festival, and was nominated for best actor awards at the Bodil awards and the Fangoria awards, and best film awards at festivals including Sitges Film Festival and the Sochi International Film Festival
In 2008, Refn returned to the European art house film circuit after his unsuccessful Hollywood venture "Fear X" , and directed and wrote "Bronson" , which starred Tom Hardy as the title character, the infamous real-life U.K. prisoner Charles Bronson
Aguirre, the Wrath of God - In addition, Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film "Valhalla Rising" is an homage to "Aguirre"
Scott Walker (singer) - The song "The Electrician", which featured on The Walker Brothers' "Nite Flights" album, was the opening track for the 2008 film "Bronson" directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Hardy won a Best Actor award at the 2009 British Independent Film awards for his portrayal of Charles Bronson
In 2010, Winding Refn was attached to direct Paul Schrader's script "The Dying of the Light" with Harrison Ford as the lead
After Lars von Trier's controversial remarks on the 2011 Cannes Film festival, Winding Refn apologised for Trier's behaviour on the behalf of Denmark
In 2012, Refn was attached to direct a remake of the 1980s crime show "The Equalizer" with Denzel Washington in the lead role, but the deal did not materialize with Sony for unknown reasons
Only God Forgives - If he had created something like "Only God Forgives", substituting his own quirky casting for the rather staid choices made by actual director Nicolas Winding Refn, he would have walked away from Cannes 2013 with yet another Palme d'Or, another notch in his already sizeable artistic belt, and the kind of critical appreciation that only comes when a proven auteur once again establishes his creative credentials
Keanu Reeves - In February 2015, Reeves officially signed on to "The Neon Demon", a female-driven horror film from director Nicolas Winding Refn
Bella Heathcote - She was later cast in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller film "The Neon Demon", which will be released in 2016