Hereís an exclusive Fango peek at the combined poster for the PUSHER trilogy, FEAR X director Nicolas Winding Refnís brutal crime-film series that will be shown for a week concurrently (although not back to back) at New York Cityís Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street; 212-924-3363) starting August 18. The three loosely connected features, being released by Magnolia Films (which will also bring us the Korean creature feature THE HOST and SEVERANCE, the latest from CREEPís Christopher Smith), showcase harrowing trips into the seedy drug underworld. Hereís the skinny on each of these dark Danish movies:
PUSHER (1996) follows Frank (Kim Bodnia), a small-time dealer who, after a deal goes terribly wrong, finds himself in debt to Balkan drug baron Milo (Zlatko Buric). Over one tumultuous week, Frank must face Miloís impatience on top of his own self-destructive nature as he struggles desperately to pay for his life. His final attempt to raise the money could make or break him, and the outlook is grim.
PUSHER II: WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS (2004) is about Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen of the new CASINO ROYALE), who, released from prison after one of many sentences, is determined to reconstruct his life and make changes for the better. But with all love and support lost, Tonyís last hopes rest in his baby sonís futureóbut if he canít get escape his violent past, what kind of future will that be?
PUSHER III: IíM THE ANGEL OF DEATH (2005) follows Milo, the drug lord who appears in the first two films, as he runs into trouble of his own. He is aging and planning a celebration for his daughterís 25th birthday. When a shipment of heroin he orders turns out to be Ecstasy instead, Milo attempts to sell the pills anyway. This fails, however, and he runs into more trouble than he ever expected. His only hope of survival is to request the aid of an old henchman and friend.
PUSHER III will also be screening at Montrealís Fantasia Film Festival (see top item) on July 19, introduced by Refn himself. For more info on the powerful PUSHER films, click here.
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