valhalla rising
A long-term passion project for Refn and star Mads Mikkelsen, this utterly bizarre but powerful and beautiful viking movie confounded most audiences, most of whom were drawn to it through a thoroughly misleading marketing campaign. I get a strong Aguirre – Wrath of God vibe from the exploits of One-Eye as he escapes capture, fends off the Christians and heads West to the New World, only to meet a less than warm welcome. An incredibly brave (and silent) performance from Mikkelsen and a film that is destined to be rediscovered and lauded as a maligned classic a few years from now.

Read my interview with Nicolas Winding Refn here