by Nicolas Winding Refn
Country: Denmark
Year: 1996
Duration: 109'

Frank is a small-time drug dealer who operates in the slums of Copenhagen. After a complicated heroin deal goes wrong and he loses both the money and the   merchandise, Frank finds himself massively in debt to the Balkan drug baron Milo. As the week passes the pressure mounts and Milo is about to lose his patience. Frank struggles to find a way to repay the money he owes, but nothing goes as planned and his rising desperation brings nothing but dire consequences.

“When I was younger, I was very much into genre films, and then I discovered art house films, and then I went back to genre films. The film that made me want to make films in general was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because that’s when I first realized that film was an art form. I saw it as an independent expression using the film medium as an artistic tool. The first film I ever saw was Fat City, when I was five. I think that one is very much rooted in my constant approach to realism. In Mean Streets, when I was nine, I saw how you could use music in film.”


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

Nicolas Winding Refn
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Nicolas Winding Refn, Jens Dahl
Morten Søborg
montaggio/film editing
Anne Østerud
scenografia/production design
Kim Løvetand Julebæk
Peter Schultz
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Kim Bodnia (Frank), Mads Mikkelsen (Tonny), Zlatko Buric (Milo), Slavko Labovic (Radovan), Laura Drasbæk (Vic)
Henrik Danstrup
Balboa Enterprise
vendita all’estero/world sales
Nordisk Film International