Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn (born 29 September 1970) is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996-2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009), the neo-noir crime film Drive (2011), the thriller Only God Forgives (2013), and the psychological horror film The Neon Demon (2016). In 2008, Refn co-founded the Copenhagen-based production company Space Rocket Nation. Description above from the Wikipedia article Nicolas Winding Refn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Drive (2011)

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Driver is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he's been warming up to a pretty neighbor named Irene and her young son, Benicio. When Irene's husband gets out of jail, he enlists ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Carey Mulligan  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Albert Brooks

Driver is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he's been warming up to a pretty neighbor named Irene and her young son, Benicio. When Irene's husband gets out of jail, he enlists ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Carey Mulligan  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Albert Brooks

Only God Forgives (2013)

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Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Crystal to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Gordon Brown  •  Tom Burke

Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Crystal to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Gordon Brown  •  Tom Burke

Fear X (2003)

When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry, prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  John Turturro  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  Stephen Eric McIntyre  •  William Allen Young

When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry, prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  John Turturro  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  Stephen Eric McIntyre  •  William Allen Young

Chinaman (2005)

Keld is in a rut. His wife of 25 years has left him. For sustenance, he eats his way through the menu at the local Chinese takeaway. The owner talks him into a marriage of convenience with his sister from China and the unplanned-for happens. A delicate romance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henrik Ruben Genz
CAST:  Bjarne Henriksen  •  Vivian Wu  •  Charlotte Fich  •  Paw Henriksen

Keld is in a rut. His wife of 25 years has left him. For sustenance, he eats his way through the menu at the local Chinese takeaway. The owner talks him into a marriage of convenience with his sister from China and the unplanned-for happens. A delicate romance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henrik Ruben Genz
CAST:  Bjarne Henriksen  •  Vivian Wu  •  Charlotte Fich  •  Paw Henriksen

Pusher (1996)

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Laura Drasbæk  •  Slavko Labović  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Peter Andersson

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Laura Drasbæk  •  Slavko Labović  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Peter Andersson

Pusher II (2004)

Tonny is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Leif Sylvester  •  Kurt Nielsen  •  Anne Sørensen

Tonny is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Leif Sylvester  •  Kurt Nielsen  •  Anne Sørensen

Valhalla Rising (2009)

Scandinavia, 1,000 AD. For years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Gary Lewis  •  Jamie Sives  •  Ewan Stewart

Scandinavia, 1,000 AD. For years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Gary Lewis  •  Jamie Sives  •  Ewan Stewart

Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

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Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. After spending 2 years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Pavich
CAST:  Alejandro Jodorowsky  •  Michel Seydoux  •  H.R. Giger  •  Chris Foss

Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. After spending 2 years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Pavich
CAST:  Alejandro Jodorowsky  •  Michel Seydoux  •  H.R. Giger  •  Chris Foss

Gambler (2006)

A humorous documentary about Nicolas Winding Refn and his struggle to secure his family financially and help him get on with his life. Forced to file for personal bankruptcy after the failure of "Fear X" at the box office, Refn has only one chance to wipe the slate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phie Ambo
CAST:  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Liv Corfixen  •  Søren Høy  •  Henrik Danstrup

A humorous documentary about Nicolas Winding Refn and his struggle to secure his family financially and help him get on with his life. Forced to file for personal bankruptcy after the failure of "Fear X" at the box office, Refn has only one chance to wipe the slate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phie Ambo
CAST:  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Liv Corfixen  •  Søren Høy  •  Henrik Danstrup

Pusher (2012)

In London, a drug dealer grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Prieto
CAST:  Richard Coyle  •  Agyness Deyn  •  Bronson Webb  •  Neil Maskell

In London, a drug dealer grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Prieto
CAST:  Richard Coyle  •  Agyness Deyn  •  Bronson Webb  •  Neil Maskell

Bleeder (1999)

Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get acquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo can't cope with the pressure of becoming a father, leading to trouble with his pregnant wife and especially her brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Kim Bodnia  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Zlatko Burić  •  Liv Corfixen

Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get acquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo can't cope with the pressure of becoming a father, leading to trouble with his pregnant wife and especially her brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Kim Bodnia  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Zlatko Burić  •  Liv Corfixen

Bronson (2008)

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A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Matt King  •  James Lance  •  Kelly Adams

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Matt King  •  James Lance  •  Kelly Adams

Pusher 3 (2005)

In this third installment of the "Pusher" trilogy, we follow Milo, the drug lord from the two first films. He is aging, he is planning his daughter's 25th birthday and his shipment of heroin turns out to be 10,000 pills of ecstasy. When Milo tries to sell the pills ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Zlatko Burić  •  Marinela Dekic  •  Ilyas Agac  •  Kurt Nielsen

In this third installment of the "Pusher" trilogy, we follow Milo, the drug lord from the two first films. He is aging, he is planning his daughter's 25th birthday and his shipment of heroin turns out to be 10,000 pills of ecstasy. When Milo tries to sell the pills ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Zlatko Burić  •  Marinela Dekic  •  Ilyas Agac  •  Kurt Nielsen

The Neon Demon (2016)

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When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Elle Fanning  •  Karl Glusman  •  Jena Malone  •  Bella Heathcote

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Elle Fanning  •  Karl Glusman  •  Jena Malone  •  Bella Heathcote

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014)

A documentary directed by Winding Refn's wife, Liv Corfixen, and it follows the Danish-born filmmaker during the making of his 2013 film Only God Forgives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liv Corfixen
CAST:  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Liv Corfixen  •  Ryan Gosling  •  Alejandro Jodorowsky

A documentary directed by Winding Refn's wife, Liv Corfixen, and it follows the Danish-born filmmaker during the making of his 2013 film Only God Forgives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liv Corfixen
CAST:  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Liv Corfixen  •  Ryan Gosling  •  Alejandro Jodorowsky

NWR (2012)

A documentary about danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Festival in 2011 for Drive. From his childhood to the shooting of his next Movie, Only God Forgives, in Thailand, discover the whole carrier of a truly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Duroche
CAST:  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Liv Corfixen  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Ryan Gosling

A documentary about danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Festival in 2011 for Drive. From his childhood to the shooting of his next Movie, Only God Forgives, in Thailand, discover the whole carrier of a truly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Duroche
CAST:  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Liv Corfixen  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Ryan Gosling

Sorcerers: A Conversation with William Friedkin and Nicolas Winding Refn (2015)

William Friedkin and Nicolas Winding Refn discuss the production and the reception of Friedkin's movie 'Sorcerer'  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cass Paley
CAST:  William Friedkin  •  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Cass Paley

William Friedkin and Nicolas Winding Refn discuss the production and the reception of Friedkin's movie 'Sorcerer'  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cass Paley
CAST:  William Friedkin  •  Nicolas Winding Refn  •  Cass Paley

Rematch (2019)

When we found out Klay Thompson used chess to center himself, we knew we wanted to use the Ingmar Bergman classic to help tell the story of his mental resilience for Kaiser Permanente. It only got better when Nicolas Winding Refn signed up to direct and Michael K. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Klay Thompson  •  Michael Kenneth Williams

When we found out Klay Thompson used chess to center himself, we knew we wanted to use the Ingmar Bergman classic to help tell the story of his mental resilience for Kaiser Permanente. It only got better when Nicolas Winding Refn signed up to direct and Michael K. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Klay Thompson  •  Michael Kenneth Williams