VICE Talks Film with Nicolas Winding Refn
In the run up to Refn's new release, 'The Neon Demon', we meet the director in his hometown of Copenhagen to discuss ultra-violence on screen and the intersection between Hollywood and European cinema.
In this episode of VICE Talks Film, VICE's Hannah Ewens meets the provocative Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn in his hometown of Copenhagen to discuss how he's progressed from making gritty, documentary-style movies to beautiful, stylised dramas starring Hollywood names like Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.
His new film, The Neon Demon, a female-driven horror starring Elle Fanning, is a move sideways from his previous work, which often centred around male brutality. Returning to LA, where he made his lauded feature Drive, Refn sought to explore the darker side of the fashion industry and its bloodthirsty desire for youth.
Here, the self-proclaimed pornographer of cinema looks back over his 20-year-long career of shocking audiences and dividing opinion – of bankruptcy and financial success – and up to how he's built a reputation that now reaches far beyond the Danish underground in which he began.