BRONSON Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn – Part 1

 
Interview Table of Contents:

  • Making BRONSON
  • BRONSON THEATRE
  • Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin
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    NOTE: Higher res version of this interview can be downloaded/viewed here in Quicktime format
     

    BRONSON Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn at 42 Sitges Film Festival

     
    Credit the brilliant programming team at the Sitges Film Festival for playing both of the latest films from Nicolas Winding Refn this year in Bronson and Valhalla Rising (CID Interview). For film festival audiences that saw both, Nicolas Winding Refn if he wasn’t already, now firmly on their map for filmmakers they loved and couldn’t wait to see what they turned out next.
     
    In Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn turns a limited budget into a blessing and to his advantage in crafting pound for pound the best movie you will see this year! The combination of filmmaker and lead actor Tom Hardy as the title character couldn’t be a perfect pairing and in fact this is one of those Citizen Kane-like film productions where every single person involved gels (regardless of any friction) and all combine to create the perfect synergy that feeds into the singular vision of Nicolas Winding Refn. It marks a perfect end to what Refn considers his phase one as a filmmaker. 3D isn’t the only reason to come back to the movie theatre to experience something unique, as long as we have Nicolas Winding Refn making films, there will be that reason to get your ass off your couch and into the movie theater as his films remind us of just how majestic and magical the big screen can be in the dark of a theater full of strangers. This is indie cinema in all its glory, AMEN!
     
    I should preface and offer some added context to the Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin question in this part one of the interview. At Fantastic Fest if “chaos reigns” was the official slogan then It’s A Sin was the official song. The moment it played in the film and the very moment the song starts to merge in, everyone in the audience seemed to recognize it at the same moment and literally starting cheering and applauding. The audience was collectively in so much as saying, “oh hell yes this is the perfect song at the perfect moment… you nailed it!” Very few times have I been in the cinema when an audience celebrated a song perfectly fused into the film such as this… a magic moment among many during its run time.
     
    Bronson is currently in limited release from Magnet (info) and more information can be found at its official website (www.magnetreleasing.com/bronson).
     

    Magnet Release Schedule
     
    Current Playing

     
    West Hollywood, CA: Sunset 5
    San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
    New York, NY: Angelika Film Center (6)
    Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
     
    Opening Soon
     
    10/30/2009
    San Francisco, CA: Lumiere Theatre 3
    Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
    Chicago, IL: Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema
    Cincinnati, OH: Esquire Theatre
    Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre
     
    11/5/2009
    Winter Park, FL: Full Sail University
     
    11/6/2009
    Austin, TX: Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills
     
    11/20/2009
    Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema
    Detroit, MI: Burton Theatre
    Portland, OR: Fox Tower 10
     
    12/12/2009
    Rochester, NY: Dryden Theatre
     
    12/19/2009
    Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Cinematheque
     
    1/8/2010
    Keene, NH: Putnam Arts Lecture Hall

     
    Cinema is Dope Coverage of Sitges Film Festival 2009:
    ::: BRONSON Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn – Part 1
    ::: The Valhalla Rising Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn at 42 Sitges Film Festival
    ::: The SPLICE Interview with Vincenzo Natali at 42 Sitges Film Festival
    ::: Is Independent Cinema Dead? – Vincenzo Natali, Director of Splice
    ::: Viggo Mortensen @ 42 Sitges Film Festival
    ::: CLIVE BARKER: Exclusive Interview Part Two at 42 Sitges Film Festival
    ::: CLIVE BARKER: Exclusive Interview Part One at 42 Sitges Film Festival
    ::: ENTER THE VOID: Exclusive Interview with Gaspar Noe at 42 Sitges Film Festival
    ::: Orphan at 42 Sitges Film Festival: Isabelle Fuhrman & Jaume Collet-Serra
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Part Six
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Part Five
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Official Fantastic In Competition Selection
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Noves Visions Lineup
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Part Four
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Part Three
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Part Two
    ::: Previewing Sitges Film Festival 2009 – Part One

    Sitges Film Festival 2009:
    ::: Official Site
    ::: Sitges Official Facebook Fan Page
    ::: Variety on Sitges ‘09
    ::: ‘Visage’, by Tsai Ming-liang, opens the Noves Visions category
    ::: Malcolm McDowell to receive the Grand Honorary Award at the opening, which will moved up to October 1st
    ::: [REC]2 to open Sitges 09
    ::: Alien is the inspiration for Sitges 09
    ::: The latest and most eagerly awaited genre films at Official Fantàstic Section
    ::: Animation, international variants of horror and 3D film
    ::: Sitges 09 will be recalling certain flashes from the 80’s
     

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