Anders Refn

(1944 – )

Director, editor. Born 8 April, 1944. Graduate of the National Film School of Denmark, 1969. Father of director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Anders Refn has had an unusual career as a director of features and TV series and editor of more than 35 features as well as a long line of shorts and documentaries. In addition, he has often worked as assistant director and technical director. He worked closely with Lars von Trier as editor of 'Breaking the Waves' (1996) and 'Antichrist' (2009) and as assistant director of 'Dancer in the Dark' (2000), 'Dogville' (2003) 'Melancholia' (2011), 'Nymphomaniac' (2013) and 'The House That Jack Built' (2018).

Refn made his directorial debut with the police film 'Copper' (1976), a huge critical and audience success. Like his next three films, it is about a temperamental, self-destructive man headed for his own downfall. Later followed 'The Baron' (1978) and 'Black Harves'" (1993), historical dramas painted in broad strokes, and 'De flyvende djævle' (1985), a circus melodrama with an international cast.

Refn's pioneering TV series 'Een gang strømer...' (1987) builds on his debut feature, its rule-breaking editing anticipating the unconventional narrative form of "Breaking the Waves". Refn also created the concept for one of the biggest Danish hit TV shows of the nineties, 'Taxi,' which ran in 56 episodes (1997-99).

Refn in 2004 was awarded an Honorary Bodil Award for his overall achievement in Danish film.
Title Year Function Category
Winning Hearts and Minds 2023 Editor DK/Documentary
Out of the Darkness 2022 Direction, Screenplay, Story DK/Feature
Into the Deep 2022 Editor DK/Documentary
The Middle Man 2021 Editor Feature
Captain's Heart 2021 Editor DK/Documentary
Into the Darkness 2020 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
The House that Jack Built 2018 Assisting director DK/Feature
Cykelmyggens far 2016 Appearance, Editing supervisor TV documentary
En rød løber for Asta Nielsen 2016 Editor DK/Documentary
Shepherd Lonely 2016 Editing supervisor DK/Short fiction
Ditte & Louise - Sæson 2 2016 Editor TV series
Født til filmen 2015 Appearance, Editor DK/Documentary
Ditte & Louise - Sæson 1 2015 Editor TV series
Summer of '92 2015 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
Al Medina 2015 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
Nymphomaniac Director's Cut 2014 Assisting director DK/Feature
Nymphomaniac 2013 Assisting director DK/Feature
Tabu 2012 Editing DK/Short fiction
Memories of my melancholy whores 2012 Editing Feature
This life 2012 Technical director, Technical chief DK/Feature
Ginger & Rosa 2012 Chief editor Feature
Kon-tiki 2012 Editing supervisor Feature
Thors saga 2011 Editing DK/Documentary
Melancholia 2011 Assisting director, 1st assistant editor DK/Feature
ID:A 2011 Editor DK/Feature
Beast 2011 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
Eddie 2011 Editing supervisor Feature
All for one 2011 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
The President 2011 Editing supervisor DK/Documentary
Karen Blixen - behind her mask 2011 Editing supervisor DK/Documentary
Pockets of resistance 2011 Consultant DK/Documentary
Fra Haifa til Nørrebro 2010 Editing DK/Documentary
Freedom on parole 2010 Editing, Trailer editor DK/Feature
Limboland 2010 Editing DK/Documentary
Mamma Gógó 2010 Editor Feature
Nothing's all bad 2010 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
Antichrist 2009 Editor, Director: 2. unit, Assistant production designer DK/Feature
Go with peace Jamil 2008 Editing DK/Feature
Max Manus 2008 Editing Feature
Am I Black Enough for You 2008 Editing Documentary
Necrobusiness 2008 Editing Documentary
My Black Little Heart 2008 Editor Feature
Ledsaget udgang 2007 Editing DK/Feature
Mother Dearest 2007 Editing DK/Short fiction
Slobodan Milosevic - Præsident under anklage 2007 Editing DK/Documentary
Ekko 2007 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
Fru Eilersen og Mehmet 2006 Editing DK/Short fiction
Out 2006 Editing DK/Short fiction
Samurai 2006 Editing supervisor DK/Short fiction
The Leap 2005 Editing, Unit manager DK/Feature
The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark 2005 Editing DK/Documentary
Popular Music 2004 Editing Feature
Næsland 2004 Editing Feature
Tid til forandring 2004 Editing DK/Feature
Hvorfor har mænd magten? 2004 Editing DK/Documentary
Baby 2003 Editing DK/Feature
Dogville 2003 Assisting director DK/Feature
Move Me! 2003 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
P.O.V. - Point of View 2002 Editing DK/Feature
Stjernekigger 2002 Consultant DK/Documentary
Sophie's Heart 2001 Editing DK/Short fiction
Dancer in the Dark 2000 Assisting director DK/Feature
Seth 1999 Direction, Script, Editing DK/Short fiction
The Magnetist's Fifth Winter 1999 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
TAXA 1997 Direction TV series
Breaking the Waves 1996 Editor DK/Feature
Two Green Feathers 1995 Editing Feature
Carl - My Childhood Symphony 1994 Editing DK/Feature
Dad's Bright Idea 1994 Technical director DK/Feature
Black Harvest 1993 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Return 1992 Assistant director DK/Feature
The village 1991 Direction TV series
Hayfever 1991 Assistant director DK/Feature
På optagelse med Steven Spielberg 1990 Direction, Script DK/Documentary
Heaven and Hell 1988 Director: 2. unit, Trailer DK/Feature
Een gang strømer... 1987 Direction, Script TV series
Take It Easy 1986 Editing DK/Feature
Kedsomhedens gåde 1986 Editing DK/Documentary
De flyvende djævle 1985 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Ophelia Comes to Town 1985 Editing DK/Feature
Fugl Fønix 1984 Editing DK/Documentary
Land of Plenty 1983 Editing, Sound mixer DK/Feature
Electric Boogie 1983 Editing DK/Documentary
Felix 1982 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
The Circus Casablanca 1981 Editing DK/Feature
Rubber Tarzan 1981 Editing DK/Feature
Hotel of the stars 1981 Editing DK/Documentary
Next stop - Paradise 1980 Editing supervisor DK/Feature
Johnny Larsen 1979 Editing DK/Feature
At danse Bournonville 1979 Editing DK/Documentary
The baron 1978 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Me and Charly 1978 Editing DK/Feature
A fisherman from Hanstholm 1977 Editing DK/Documentary
Terror 1977 Editing DK/Feature
Copper 1976 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Danish immigrant worker, after a year in Sweden 1976 Editing DK/Documentary
Hearts are trump 1976 Assistant director, Continuity DK/Feature
Klaus Rifbjerg 1975 Editing DK/Documentary
Den umulige time 1975 Editing DK/Documentary
Unemployed 1975 Editing DK/Documentary
Sam på banegården 1975 Editing DK/Short fiction
White man's seed 1975 Editing DK/Documentary
Prince Piwi 1974 Script, Editing, Assistant director DK/Feature
Dusan Makavejev 1974 Editing DK/Documentary
Karen 1973 Editing DK/Short fiction
Different memories 1973 Editing DK/Documentary
Sacked! 1973 Assistant director, Continuity DK/Feature
The escape 1973 Assistant director DK/Feature
Is the King Dead? 1973 Editor DK/Documentary
Mor, jeg har patienter 1972 Editing DK/Feature
The work of the Devil 1972 Editing, Assistant director DK/Feature
Hånden på hjertet - passer du på det? 1972 Editing DK/Documentary
Afghanistan - et land vi vil forandre? 1972 Editing DK/Documentary
Dear Irene 1971 Editing DK/Feature
With love 1971 Editing, Assistant director DK/Feature
Lost in the sand 1971 Editing DK/Feature
Wild angels - a minority in Denmark 1971 Editing DK/Documentary
The Squatters 1971 Editing DK/Documentary
The case of the missing clerk 1971 Assistant director DK/Feature
Tintomara 1970 Editing DK/Feature
Med politiet i hælene 1969 Direction, Script, Editing DK/Short fiction
Den gale dansker 1969 Editing, Continuity DK/Feature
Miss Julie 1970 1969 Editing DK/Experimental
Jazz All Around 1969 Assistant director DK/Feature
Dr. Glas 1968 Assistant editor DK/Feature
Dreamers 1967 Assistant director DK/Feature
Pretty-Arne and Rosa 1967 Assistant director DK/Feature
Virtue runs wild 1966 Assistant DK/Feature
The loose tile 1966 Assistant DK/Feature
Flagermusen 1966 Assistant DK/Feature