Intense Promo Trailer for Nicolas Refn's Valhalla Rising
by Alex Billington
April 11, 2009
Given that it's a holiday weekend, the only good news worth writing about comes from outside of the country. Today we have a trailer (via Quiet Earth) for Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film called Valhalla Rising. It stars Mads Mikkelsen as a one-eyed Viking warrior who escapes his tribal captor and flees to a strange new land. It kind of reminds me of The 13th Warrior and/or Pathfinder. Considering Refn is a highly praised director, this should actually be pretty good. Apologies for the low quality, as it's all that is available. It's hard to tell what's going on in this, but it still looks promising.
Todd Brown over at Twitch says from the footage he saw: "[Refn] made another brilliant piece of work one that while wildly different from what he had done before was still immediately and obviously his own."
Watch the first promo trailer for Nicolas Refn's Valhalla Rising:
For years, One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen), a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the chieftain Barde. Aided by a boy, Are, he kills his captor and together they escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight from bounty hunters, One-Eye and Kare board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that disintegrates when they sight an unknown land. As the new land reveals its secrets and the Vikings meet a ghastly fate, One-Eye discovers his true self.
Valhalla Rising is directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, of the Pusher trilogy, Fear X, and the Sundance sleeper hit Bronson previously. The screenplay was co-written by Refn and fellow Danish writer Roy Jacobsen. The film is set to premiere in Denmark and in Finland in August this year, however it doesn't have a US distributor yet. Stay tuned for more information on Valhalla Rising as it arrives.