Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Editor
MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN | 58 min | Rated PG-13
Director: Liv Corfixen
Cast: Nicolas Winding Refn, Liv Corfixen, Ryan Gosling, Cliff Martinez, Kristin Scott Thomas and Alejandro Jodorowsky
After DRIVE (2011) expectations were sky high for Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film. Even though the director laid it on thick that his follow-up, ONLY GOD FORGIVES (2013), was not going to be the next DRIVE, or anything remotely like it, Refn fans still held onto hope. And as it turned out, ONLY GOD FORGIVES was far from what anybody expected, dividing audiences and critics alike.
In his heartbreaking yet substantial documentary titled MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, directed by his wife (Liv Corfixen), we explore the director’s style, struggles, strengths and marriage, as he directs Ryan Gosling and his ONLY GOD FORGIVES cast.
MY LIFE was one of the strongest films on the Fantastic Fest bill last year. If you were like me and were a little bit let down by Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES, MY LIFE may give you a newfound respect for ONLY GOD FORGIVES.
Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Refn and his wife at last year’s Fantastic Fest to discuss what makes love last through its ups and downs, the origins of the documentary and film style.
Our interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and his wife, Liv Corfixen:
0:06 | What makes love last
1:09 | The origins of the documentary
2:21 | Difference in story between DRIVE and ONLY GOD FORGIVES, justifying characters’ actions
4:18 | Critiquing others’ work in terms of style
MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN is available in select theaters and on VOD this Friday, February 27.
- An interview with Kristin Scott Thomas on playing Ryan Gosling’s mommy in ONLY GOD FORGIVES – on NT Daily
- An interview with Nicolas Winding Refn on creating the world within ONLY GOD FORGIVES – on NT Daily