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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, Screenplay DK/Feature
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn 2014 Appearance DK/Documentary
Only God Forgives 2013 Direction, Screenplay DK/Feature
Jodorowsky's Dune 2013 Appearance Documentary
Pusher 2012 Dutch Bob, Executive producer Feature
Svartur á leik 2012 Executive producer Feature
Drive 2011 Direction Feature
Bronson 2009 Direction, Script Feature
Valhalla Rising 2009 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Happy go lucky 2006 Jang DK/Documentary
Pusher III - Angel death 2005 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Kinamand 2005 Lægen DK/Feature
Pusher II 2004 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Fear X 2003 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Chosen 7 2001 Creative producer, Director: concept TV series
Bleeder 1999 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Pusher 1996 Direction, Script DK/Feature

Awards and nominations

Award Release year Festival Film
FIPRESCI Award 2000 Sarajevo Film Festival 2000 Bleeder
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
Cine Merit Award 2010 München International Film Festival 2010 Valhalla Rising
Audience Award 2010 Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2010 Valhalla Rising
Best Cinematography 2013 SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2013 Only God Forgives
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Festivals

Festival Festival date Film
Melbourne Film Festival 2016-07-28 The Neon Demon
Cannes, Festival de 2016-05-11 The Neon Demon
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
Guadalajara Film Festival 2013-03-01 Valhalla Rising
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2012-07-19 Bleeder
München International Film Festival 2012-06-29 Fear X
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
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2010-07-26 Valhalla Rising
Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2010-07-04 Valhalla Rising
München International Film Festival 2010-06-25 Valhalla Rising
Jeonju International Film Festival 2010-04-29 Valhalla Rising
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2010-04-03 Valhalla Rising
Göteborg International Film Festival 2010-01-29 Valhalla Rising
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2010-01-27 Valhalla Rising
Marrakech International Film Festival 2009-12-04 Valhalla Rising
Torino International Film Festival 2009-11-13 Bleeder
London Film Festival 2009-10-14 Valhalla Rising
SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic of Catalonia 2009-10-02 Valhalla Rising
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
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2007-09-20 Pusher
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2007-02-15 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
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
Melbourne Film Festival 2006-07-26 Pusher
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
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2006-04-11 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 2006-03-10 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
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
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
London Film Festival 2005-10-20 Pusher 3 - I'm the angel of death
Warsaw International Film Festival 2005-10-07 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
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2005-06-17 Pusher II
Transilvania International Film Festival 2005-05-27 Pusher II
Göteborg International Film Festival 2005-01-28 Pusher II
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2005-01-26 Pusher II
Transilvania International Film Festival 2004-05-28 Fear X
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 2004-03-12 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
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
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
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 2003-04-05 Fear X
Göteborg International Film Festival 2003-01-24 Fear X
Rotterdam, International Film Festival 2003-01-22 Fear X
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.