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.

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