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      Nicolas Winding Refn

      Nicolas Winding Refn

      Highest Rated: 100% With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Dying of the Light (2014)

      Birthday: Sep 29, 1970

      Birthplace: København, Denmark

      A bold and intriguing talent, Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn called himself "a fetish filmmaker," stating that he chose his projects based on whether he would like to see them and felt strongly it was necessary for art to be extreme. Poetic and baffling in turns, his work was frequently punctuated by jarring bursts of violence, often amidst gritty, intense looks at criminal sub-cultures. Winding Refn's lead characters were invariably pushed past their breaking point by circumstances, but sometimes also reacted with surprising degrees of sincere human emotion. Always shooting in chronological order as a way of getting consistent performances from his actors, Winding Refn was open about his influences, which ranged from the cinema of Kenneth Anger, "Le Samourai" (1967), "Mean Streets" (1973) and "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974) to others more unexpected like the teen comedies of John Hughes. However, this was in keeping with the duality of a director who described his films as being "very feminine," even while they incorporated instances of cringe-inducing brutality. Presented with the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the mesmerizing, widely acclaimed thriller "Drive" (2011), Winding Refn was hailed as one of the most visionary directors of his generation, delivering the sort of dazzling creativity and risk taking that reinvigorates genres and take viewers on difficult, astonishing journeys.

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      Credit
      58% 51% The Neon Demon Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $1.3M 2016
      58% 40% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn Self - 2014
      11% 15% Dying of the Light Executive Producer - 2014
      41% 37% Only God Forgives Director,
      Screenwriter
      $775.9K 2013
      No Score Yet 64% Black's Game Executive Producer - 2012
      47% 34% Pusher Executive Producer - 2012
      93% 79% Drive Director $35.1M 2011
      73% 49% Valhalla Rising Director,
      Screenwriter
      $17.5K 2009
      76% 74% Bronson Director,
      Screenwriter
      $104.8K 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miss Marple: Nemesis Director - 2007
      93% 82% Pusher 3 Director,
      Writer
      $4.0K 2005
      No Score Yet 82% Chinaman Lægen (Character) - 2005
      100% 85% With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II Director,
      Writer
      - 2004
      58% 38% Fear X Director,
      Writer
      - 2003
      No Score Yet 67% Bleeder Director,
      Writer
      - 1999
      83% 85% Pusher Director,
      Writer
      $4.4K 1996

      TV

      Credit
      67% 81% Copenhagen Cowboy Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      2023
      70% 77% Too Old to Die Young Executive Producer,
      Creator
      2019