Work in Progress: Vinnie & Mario

If you ever want to hear a fascinating interview about what it takes to be a jobbing art-house director, take a listen to Elvis Mitchell’s chat with Nicolas Winding Refn. The Danish filmmaker wowed us with Pusher, then found himself having to repeat the trick as his other projects failed to get off the ground and he sank into depression. This culminated in last year’s Bronson, a weird mash-up of expressionism and a job of work that takes as its subject Britain’s most violent prisoner. Refn has since climbed out of the hole. Coming up is his acclaimed Viking drama Valhalla Rising. This clip is also a teaser of sorts for a travel agency ad campaign. Like other Refn works, it’s both deftly stylish and a bit of a put-on.

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