Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark, 1996.
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Script: Jens Dahl, Nicolas Winding Refn
Producer: Martin Abildgaard, Henrik Danstrup, Teddy Gerberg, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Production company: Balboa Entertainment
Cinematography: Morten Søborg
Editing: Anne Østerud
Music: Povl Kristian, Peter Peter
Cast: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Burić, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labović, Mads Mikkelsen, Vanja Bajičić, Peter Andersson
Format: 35mm
Running time: 105'

Writer and director Nicolas Winding Refn made his 1996 feature film debut, 'Pusher'. This violent, edgy, yet moving cult classic established Refn as an uncompromising filmmaker of great talent and depth. 'Pusher' is a grungy thriller set in the tawdry but volatile criminal underworld of drug dealers, petty criminals and prostitutes in Denmark. The jittery style and fascination with the mundane, unglamorous street reality of a drug dealer whose ambition lands him in serious debt to an unforgiving crime boss made the film a big hit in Europe and launched the career of the young director.

Awards and Festivals
Bodil Awards 1997 Best Supporting Actor (Zlatko Buric)

Directors Biography
Nicolas Winding Refn was born in 1970, Denmark. Writer, producer and director. Lived in New York between the age of 8 and 17. Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. At age 24, Refn wrote and directed his feature film debut ‘Pusher’ (1996), winning him instant critical acclaim. ‘Bleeder’ (1999) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award at Sarajevo in 2000. John Turturro starred in ‘Fear X’ (2003). In just one year, Refn wrote, directed, and produced the two follow-ups to his now cult-classic ‘Pusher’. ‘Bronson’ (2009) followed. His Viking epic ‘Valhalla Rising’ (2010) premiered in Toronto and Venice, ‘Drive’ (2011) won the award for best director in Cannes.

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Thursday, October 20th at 20.30
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