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Nicolas Winding Refn
The Life of Nicolas Winding Refn Directed by Me might have been a more appropriate title for Liv Corfixen’s first documentary, which provides a behind-the-scenes insight into the making of her husband’s latest film Only God Forgives. Following on from his remarkable critical and commercial success with Drive, Refn is under pressure to produce more of the same and in doing so satisfy both his financial backers and his artistic ambitions. It is also the first time that Corfixen and the couple’s two daughters have joined Refn for an extended shoot abroad, creating a completely new environment in which he must balance his personal and professional lives.
Style oozes from every frame of Only God Forgives, tinged in red, like the blood that so frequently sprays across the screen and lands in artfully designed splatters. Writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling, reuniting after the cult success of 2011’s Drive, have collaborated on a truly baffling, bizarre, and gory crime drama that’s wall-to-wall striking, pretty images. Unlike Drive, however, Only God Forgives is hollow underneath all the model-like posturing and the flashes of excessive, gratuitous violence.
Only God Forgives, the next film from Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn, has been near the top of most film nerds most-anticipated movie lists this year, if not sitting mightily atop all of them like a cinematic gargoyle. After storming on to the North American scene in 2011, all eyes have been on the weird little bugger, waiting to see what he’d do next.
Swedish directing duo André Hedetoft and Andreas Climent have created a really fun intro film for the Scandinavian festival “PIXEL 2013”. The film features a teenage girl, played by rising star Fanny Ketter, who stumbles into different movie genres on her way to deliver her own film to the festival. The journey takes her through everything from romantic costume dramas to sci-fi action, zombie horror and an adventure film with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The film also features a special cameo from danish superstar Kim Bodnia, known from films like Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher and TV-Series The Bridge.