Radius-TWC has unleashed the first trailer for the acclaimed documentary, My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film shines a spotlight on the director’s unique process in a behind-the-scenes style expose and in particular, it pays close attention to the period during which Refn shot Only God Forgives in Bangkok.
In the trailer, writer-director of the piece, Liv Corfixen, provides unfettered access to the visionary filmmaker. Why? Because she’s his wife. What’s brilliant about that imposed closeness is that we’re offered a more aggressive line of questioning toward Refn, whose spouse dares to ask questions that no film journalist would dream to pose. From this sneak peek into the movie we’re able to witness a snapshot at the stresses and strains placed upon the director, when faced with creating a successful follow-up to Drive.
The familial relationship between Refn and Corfixen – which permits an altogether raw take on the film’s shoot – bares a passing similarity to another classic documentary. Back in the late seventies, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivien carried a camera with her on the set of The Shining. The resultant behind-the-scenes featurette was, and still is, one of the most revealing insights into a working movie set. By the looks of this first trailer, we could be in for another similarly compelling doc next week.
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn will arrive in theaters and on VOD on February 27.
In MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, Refn’s own deep conflict is swinging in the breeze as we witness him wrestle with the particularly challenging production of ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Directed and shot by his wife Liv Corfixen over the duration of the production and subsequent Cannes debut, MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN captures the very private and intimate moments to which a traditional documentary crew simply wouldn’t have access. The result is a fascinating, detailed look at a creative genius at work and also a portrait of a director torn between the general public’s desire for a “DRIVE 2″ and his own mission to explore more challenging narrative territory.