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Nicolas Winding Refn

(1970 - )

Born 1970, Denmark. Director. Lived in New York between the age of 8 and 17. Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.


At age 24, Refn wrote and directed his feature film debut "Pusher" (1996), winning him instant critical acclaim. "Bleeder" (1999) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award at Sarajevo in 2000. John Turturro starred in "Fear X" (2003), Refn's English-language, Canadian-Danish co-production, selected for Sundance. In just one year, Refn wrote, directed, and produced the two follow-ups to his now cult-classic "Pusher": "With Blood on My Hands - Pusher II" (2004), and "I Am the Angel of Death - Pusher III« (2005).


"Bronson" (2009), described by critics as a modern-day "Clockwork Orange", was a British production. His Viking epic "Valhalla Rising" (2010) premiered in Toronto and Venice and was highly commended by British and French critics for it mesmerising imagery and original take on the genre. Refn's Hollywood production "Drive" (2011) with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan won the award for best director in Cannes. His Danish-produced "Only God Forgives", selected for Cannes Competition in 2013, also features Gosling. “The Neon Demon,” a horror film set in Los Angeles’ modeling world, was also selected for the Cannes Competition, in 2016.

Filmography Awards Festivals
Title Year Function Category
The Neon Demon 2016 Direction, Manuskript DK/Feature
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn 2014 Appearance DK/Documentary
Only God Forgives 2013 Direction, Manuskript DK/Feature
Jodorowsky's Dune 2013 Appearance Documentary
Pusher 2012 Dutch Bob, Executive producer Feature
Black's game 2012 Executive producer Feature
Drive 2011 Direction Feature
Valhalla Rising 2009 Direction DK/Feature
Bronson 2009 Direction Feature
Gambler 2006 Jang DK/Documentary
Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death 2005 Direction DK/Feature
Kinamand 2005 Lægen DK/Feature
Pusher II 2004 Direction DK/Feature
Fear X 2003 Direction DK/Feature
De udvalgte 2001 Kreativ producer, Konceptuerende instruktør TV series
Bleeder 1999 Direction DK/Feature
Pusher 1996 Direction DK/Feature

Awards and nominations

Award Release year Festival Film
FIPRESCI Award 2000 Sarajevo Film Festival 2000 Bleeder
Best Screenplay 2004 Oporto, Fantasporto 2004 Fear X
Emerging Master Award 2006 Seattle International Film Festival 2006 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Sydney Film Prize 2013 Sydney Film Festival 2013 Only God Forgives
Bodil, Best Male Supporting Role 1997 Danske Filmkritikere bodil 1997 Pusher
Robert, Best Light Engineer 2000 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2000 Bleeder
Best Cinematography 2004 Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival 2004 Fear X
Label Regards Jeune 2004 Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival 2004 Fear X
Special Prize 2004 Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival 2004 Fear X
Robert, Best Male Leading Role 2005 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2005 Pusher II
Best Male Actor 2005 Courmayeur Film Noir in Festival 2005 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Special Mention 2010 Oporto, Fantasporto 2010 Valhalla Rising
Best Film 2010 Bilbao FANT Festival de Cine Fantastico 2010 Valhalla Rising
Cine Merit Award 2010 München International Film Festival 2010 Valhalla Rising
Audience Award 2010 Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2010 Valhalla Rising
Robert, Best Make Up 2011 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2011 Valhalla Rising
Best Cinematography 2013 SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2013 Only God Forgives
Best Score 2014 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2014 Only God Forgives
Best Sound Design 2014 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2014 Only God Forgives
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Festivals

Festival Festival date Film
Cinemateket 2017-01-01 Bleeder
Ljubljana International Film Festival 2016-11-09 Neon Demon
Melbourne Film Festival 2016-07-28 Neon Demon
Cannes, Festival de 2016-05-11 Neon Demon
Cinemateket 2014-01-06 Only God Forgives
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 2013-11-20 Only God Forgives
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2013-10-11 Only God Forgives
Toronto International Film Festival 2013-10-01 Bleeder
Guanajuato International Film Festival 2013-07-19 Only God Forgives
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2013-07-18 Only God Forgives
München International Film Festival 2013-06-28 Only God Forgives
Los Angeles Film Festival 2013-06-13 Only God Forgives
Sydney Film Festival 2013-06-05 Only God Forgives
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 2013-05-27 Pusher
Cannes, Festival de 2013-05-15 Only God Forgives
Paris Cine Nordica 2013-03-20 Pusher
Guadalajara Film Festival 2013-03-01 Valhalla Rising
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival 2013-02-09 Bleeder
Puchon PiFan Roadshow 2012-08-17 Pusher
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2012-07-19 Bleeder
München International Film Festival 2012-06-29 Fear X
Bologna Municipal Film Archive 2012-05-20 Pusher
Zagreb Film Festival 2011-10-16 Pusher
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2010-12-11 Pusher II
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2010-11-11 Valhalla Rising
Haifa International Film Festival 2010-09-23 Valhalla Rising
Distributørvisning 2010-09-09 Bleeder
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2010-07-26 Valhalla Rising
Warsaw, Era New Horizons Film Festival 2010-07-22 Valhalla Rising
Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2010-07-04 Valhalla Rising
München International Film Festival 2010-06-25 Valhalla Rising
Tekfestival Rome 2010-05-07 Fear X
Bilbao FANT Festival de Cine Fantastico 2010-05-03 Valhalla Rising
Jeonju International Film Festival 2010-04-29 Valhalla Rising
Mosaico Film Fest 2010-04-19 Fear X
Distributørvisning 2010-04-10 Pusher II
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2010-04-03 Valhalla Rising
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 2010-03-10 Bleeder
Oporto, Fantasporto 2010-02-22 Valhalla Rising
Göteborg International Film Festival 2010-01-29 Valhalla Rising
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2010-01-27 Valhalla Rising
Tromsø International Film Festival 2010-01-18 Valhalla Rising
Marrakech International Film Festival 2009-12-04 Valhalla Rising
Torino International Film Festival 2009-11-13 Bleeder
Trieste International Science Fiction Festival 2009-11-12 Valhalla Rising
London Film Festival 2009-10-14 Valhalla Rising
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2009-10-02 Valhalla Rising
New York BAMcinematek 2009-09-30 Bleeder
Distributørvisning 2009-09-24 Valhalla Rising
Los Angeles Cinefamily 2009-09-16 Bleeder
Toronto International Film Festival 2009-09-10 Valhalla Rising
Venice International Film Festival 2009-09-02 Valhalla Rising
Sevilla Festival de Cine 2008-11-07 Pusher II
Oporto, Fantasporto 2008-02-25 Pusher II
DK FILM FEST : LA 2007-10-05 Pusher II
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2007-09-20 Pusher
Valencia Cinema Jove 2007-06-16 Bleeder
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2007-02-15 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2006-11-10 Bleeder
Warsaw International Film Festival 2006-10-06 Fear X
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2006-09-14 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Skopje International Film Festival 2006-09-01 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Melbourne Film Festival 2006-07-26 Pusher
Auckland International Film Festival 2006-07-13 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2006-07-13 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Sydney Film Festival 2006-06-09 Pusher
Transilvania International Film Festival 2006-06-02 Pusher
Seattle International Film Festival 2006-05-25 Pusher
Singapore International Film Festival 2006-04-13 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2006-04-11 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2006-04-06 Pusher
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 2006-03-30 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 2006-03-15 Pusher II
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 2006-03-10 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Bangkok International Film Festival 2006-02-17 Pusher
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2006-02-16 Pusher II
Göteborg International Film Festival 2006-01-27 Pusher
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2006-01-25 Pusher
Courmayeur Film Noir in Festival 2005-12-06 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Bratislava International Film Festival 2005-12-02 Pusher II
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2005-11-18 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Stockholm International Film Festival 2005-11-17 Pusher II
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2005-11-11 Pusher II
American Film Market (AFM) 2005-11-02 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
London Film Festival 2005-10-20 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Nordisk Råds Filmpris 2005-10-19 Pusher II
Nordisk Råds Filmpris 2005-10-14 Pusher II
Warsaw International Film Festival 2005-10-07 Pusher II
Nordisk Råds Filmpris 2005-09-20 Pusher II
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2005-09-15 Pusher II
Toronto International Film Festival 2005-09-08 Pusher
Melbourne Film Festival 2005-07-20 Pusher II
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2005-07-15 Pusher II
Auckland International Film Festival 2005-07-08 Pusher II
Valencia Cinema Jove 2005-06-18 Pusher II
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2005-06-17 Pusher II
Transilvania International Film Festival 2005-05-27 Pusher II
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2005-04-07 Pusher II
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 2005-03-31 Pusher II
Göteborg International Film Festival 2005-01-28 Pusher II
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2005-01-26 Pusher II
Milan MIFED 2004-10-06 Pusher II
Transilvania International Film Festival 2004-05-28 Fear X
Singapore International Film Festival 2004-04-15 Fear X
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 2004-03-12 Fear X
Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival 2004-03-04 Fear X
Oporto, Fantasporto 2004-02-20 Fear X
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2004-02-12 Fear X
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2004-01-21 Fear X
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2003-11-27 Fear X
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2003-11-22 Fear X
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 2003-11-20 Fear X
Milan MIFED 2003-11-09 Fear X
Seoul EU Film Festival 2003-10-24 Fear X
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 2003-10-17 Fear X
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2003-09-25 Fear X
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2003-09-19 Fear X
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2003-09-18 Fear X
Athens International Film Festival 2003-09-12 Fear X
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2003-08-19 Fear X
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2003-08-13 Fear X
Melbourne Film Festival 2003-07-23 Fear X
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2003-07-10 Fear X
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2003-07-04 Fear X
Sochi International Film Festival 2003-06-04 Fear X
Hamburg International Kurz Film Festival 2003-06-04 Fear X
Sofia Nordisk Film Festival 2003-05-30 Pusher
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2003-04-10 Fear X
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 2003-04-05 Fear X
Winnipeg Film Festival 2003-03-01 Fear X
American Film Market (AFM) 2003-02-19 Fear X
Göteborg International Film Festival 2003-01-24 Fear X
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2003-01-22 Fear X
Salt Lake City Sundance Film Festival 2003-01-16 Fear X
Bratislava Art Film Festival 2002-06-21 Bleeder
Köln Film Festival of Violence 2002-04-21 Bleeder
Venice International Film Festival 1999-08-25 Bleeder
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.