by Nicolas Winding Refn
Country: Denmark
Year: 1999
Duration: 98'

When Leo discovers that his girlfriend Louise is pregnant, the prospect of creating a family and the commitment this requires spark a self-destructive reaction in him, perhaps because he really doesn’t see any future in the relationship. He becomes increasingly aggressive but he is unable to express his anger. Lenny, too, harbors a violent instinct but he sublimates it by watching films, until one day he falls in love with Lea, a waitress who dreams of a better life through her books and the hope of falling in  love.

Bleeder is a mixture of Fear X and Pusher, it has Pusher’s language and Fear X’s meditative state of mind. With both the movies, I felt I was challenging the system because I insisted on making both my way. Bleeder is a more experimental film. I guess, in a way, it’s my most interesting film. It’s not the most successful film (in box office terms), but it’s the one I have the highest regard for.”


film director

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1970) moved with his parents at the age of ten to New York, returning to Copenhagen seven years later. After graduating from high school, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York but was quickly expelled. Back in Denmark, he was accepted by the Danish Film School but dropped out immediately. At the age of twenty-six, he wrote and directed his feature film debut, Pusher (1996), and after that he teamed up with producer Henrik Danstrup and formed the production company NWR to ensure complete artistic and financial autonomy for future projects. His next film, Bleeder, a dark tale of social maladjustment and frustration, premiered at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. Fear X, his third feature, starring John Turturro, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. Refn then returned to make films in the Danish language, and between 2004 and 2005 he realized With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II and I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III. In 2007, he directed an episode of the BBC series, Miss Marple. While he was preparing for his upcoming feature, Valhalla Rising (2009), he committed to another project, Bronson, the true story of Michael Peterson, considered the most violent prisoner in Britain; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.


Pusher (1996), Bleeder (1999), Fear X (id., 2003), Pusher II (With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II, 2004), Pusher III (I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III, 2005), Marple: Nemesis (Miss Marple: Nemesi, TV, 2007), Bronson (2009), Valhalla Rising (2009).


& Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Nicolas Winding Refn
Morten Søborg
montaggio/film editing
Anne Østerud
scenografia/production design
Peter de Neergaard
costumi/costume design
Loa Miller
Peter Peter
Svenn Jakobsen
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Kim Bodnia (Leo), Rikke Louise Andersson (Louise), Mads Mikkelsen (Lenny), Liv Corfixen (Lea), Levino Jensen (Louis), Zlatko Buric (Kitjo), Claus Flygare (Joe)
Nicolas Winding Refn, Henrik Danstrup, Thomas Falck
vendita all’estero/world sales