A contemporary film director whose films are as stylish as they are violent, Nicolas Winding Refn never plays it safe. With each film, he enters new territory and approaches both story and film language in fresh and engaging ways. Over footage from his first short film to his latest feature film, listen to Refn speak about filmmaking.
We have this idea that we live in a society where there’s a perfect scenario of art. Art is almost like a manual. If you do this, this, and this, you achieve that. But that’s the chief enemy of creativity, is being safe, is having good taste, is having all those things, because art is expression of emotions, and it has to grab you in a poetic, beautiful, gentle way as well as a violent, aggressive, and frustrating way. - Nicolas Winding Refn