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Nicholas Winding Refn uses the same brutal yet operatic flair he brought to his previous films, The Pusher Trilogy, to BRONSON, delivering not only a portrait of an artist bereft of an outlet, but also a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended after netting only £26.18 and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Throughout BRONSON, Refn gets inside the mind of the notorious young criminal bringing to the screen his riveting story.

Denmark native Nicolas Winding Refn’s debut success began in 1999 with Bleeder, pushing boundaries with its close-to-the-edge grittiness. The movie was selected for the 1999 Venice International Film Festival as well as winning the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize in Sarajevo. Other successes of Refn have premiered at Sundance Film festival delighting fans and critics alike. In 2005, Toronto Film Festival held a Pusher retrospective showing all features of the trilogy cementing its worldwide phenomenon. Refn has received two lifetime achievement awards at the Taipei International Film Festival in 2006 and Valencia International Film Festival in 2007.

“Brilliant...Electrifying...Amazing." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Jaw Dropping. Awesome...A Stylish Thrill Ride." Time Out New York

“A 'Clockwork Orange' for the 21st century." Zoo

New York Times feature article - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/movies/04lim.html

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