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New Documentary Takes Intimate Look at Nicolas Winding Refn’s Creative Process

Documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn takes an intimate look at the creative process of one of recent years’ most intriguing directors as he embarked on making his film Only God Forgives. Adding to the personal nature of the film is the fact that Refn’s wife Liv Corfixen directed.

Refn tells Collider, “Financially, [Only God Forgives] was very successful. Which is the most important thing. That is the only way you get to make another movie. It’s very simple. The market will value you. Because the film was made at a very good budget, it became very profitable. Personally, absolutely. When you make something that everyone likes, it’s very easy to say, “Well, I’ll just repeat that.” Because that was easy. I have a formula. But creatively, it’s not very interesting. So it was very important to do something completely the opposite after Drive. But I also knew the consequences of that. It wasn’t like I was naive. I know what it’s like every time. Every time that I’ve done a movie, I always like to do something very different the next time. With every movie, I’ve been told, “Oh, wow, this is not going to work.” We went from Bronson, to Valhalla Rising, to Drive, and then Only God Forgives. Each time, I’ve proven that it does work. We just have to believe in it. I mean there’s no question that I should have gotten the Palme d’Or. But if I didn’t get the Palme d’Or, it was the movie that everyone talked about. So you got everything out of it that you wanted. And if you want to be the Sex Pistols of cinema, you gotta be prepared to really make people angry. But people were so angry that it was almost like they loved you for it. Anger breeds creativity.”

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