Nicolas Winding Refn's Curzon Home Cinema selection

We are delighted to present a season of films on Curzon Home Cinema, curated by the director of Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn curates his favourite films on Curzon Home Cinema

In a continuation of Curzon Home Cinema’s guest curator series, we are excited to present a set of acclaimed films selected by award-winning filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives).

His film selection is available to watch at home or on the move, whenever and wherever you are from as little as £1.70. You can also buy the season pass for £18.00 (£15.30 for members) - you then have seven days to watch the films from purchase.

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If you just can’t get enough of the maverick Danish director, his films Bronson and Valhalla Rising are also available on Curzon Home Cinema. Also make sure to watch the video highlights of our recent Curzon Q&A with Winding Refn.

Nicolas Winding Refn's film selection

The Filth and the Fury

The Filth and The Fury (2000), directed by Julien Temple

I've always considered this one of the great rock documentaries, especially for the way the use of archival footage allowed me to experience a musical movement I was essentially too young to be a part of.

The Harder They Come (1972), directed by Perry Henzell

Another fantastic movie about the rise and fall of a gangster against the backdrop of reggae music. Jimmy Cliff's performance is at the level of any classic crime drama from Public Enemy to Scarface to King of New York.

Enter the Void

Enter the Void (2009), directed by Gaspar Noé

There is not much to say about Gaspar Noé's movie other than it will take you to places no man has gone before.

The Straight Story (1999), directed by David Lynch

I absolutely love this movie.

A Swedish Love Story

A Swedish Love Story (1970), directed by Roy Andersson

This movie came out the year I was born, 1970, and being that it's Roy Anderson's first feature, it's quite a cinematic achievement.

Chungking Express (1994), directed by Wong Kar-Wai

This is the first Wong Kar-Wai movie that I saw and it had a profound influence on me when I made my first film, Pusher.

City Lights

City Lights (1931), directed by Charles Chaplin

City Lights is my favourite love story of all time with the ending being part of a film I've seen probably more times than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), directed by Terence Davies

Seeing this film really reminds you of what a great filmmaker Terence Davies is.

Le Havre

And finally... any films by Aki Kaurismäki!

That says it all.

About Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, relocating a number of times throughout his youth to New York. Expelled from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Refn’s acceptance into Danish Film School was also curtailed when he dropped out prior to the start of term.

Writing, directing and starring in a short made for an obscure Danish TV channel, Refn was given the opportunity of a lifetime when the short was seen by a group of producers who offered him 3.2 million kroner to turn the short into a feature. The feature became the stylish, violent and uncompromising Pusher (1996), a film that established Refn’s acute visual style and refusal to shy away from depicting violence. The film quickly became a cult phenomenon, spawning the sequels Bleeder (1999), With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II (2004) and I’m The Angel of Death: Pusher III (2005).

Refn’s first foray into English-language work was the US-set Fear X. Co-written with Hubert Selby Jr. and starring John Turturro, the film premiered at Sundance in 2003. A somewhat uneven work, it is eclipsed by Refn’s second English-language feature, the ultra-stylised Bronson (2009). Featuring a career-making performance from Tom Hardy as the eponymous Bronson, Britain’s most notorious career criminal, the film’s use of Scott Walker’s 'The Electrician' also marked out Refn’s singular approach to music.

The near silent Valhalla Rising (2009) reunited Refn and Mads Mikkelsen. A mythical tale of a one-eyed warrior, the film has clear parallels with Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) and made tremendous use of its remote Scottish landscapes.

An adaptation of the novel by James Sallis, Drive (2011) took Refn’s career to new heights, achieving both critical and commercial success and establishing a somewhat unlikely ongoing collaboration with taciturn leading man Ryan Gosling. Only God Forgives (2013), an existential revenge drama set amidst the seedy underage sex joints and boxing clubs of Bangkok is their latest venture.

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