Nicolas ****ing Refn

niclaswindingrefnAnother great day at Cambridge Film Festival was enlivened no end by the appearance of Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the Best Director award at Cannes for his latest film DRIVE, who had a media frenzy following in his wake.

His film is an extraordinary piece of work – highly stylised, and showing a similar visual richness and sense of emotional restraint as Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (are there distinctly Northern European sensibilities detectable here?). But unlike Alfredson’s film, Winding Refn’s crime drama is punctuated by sudden explosions of violence, rendered all the more shocking by the stillness that surrounds them. And it was these – or rather, his description of them – that caused all the fuss… That very morning, live on BBC Breakfast, he had, quite matter-of-factly, described the bursts of violence as ‘a bit like ****ing’. Carey Mulligan visibly winced, presenter Bill Turnbull hastily apologised, and the press went berserk – none of which did our efforts to publicise the Festival screenings that evening any harm at all!

He is, of course, a very naughty boy.

Thanks again to Festival photographer Tom Catchesides for the superb portrait, taken in the Festival bar that evening. Check his website and photoblog for pics of the event and more.

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