April's The Directors series at The Frida features the stylish, intense, polarizing, and unapologetically avant-garde films of Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. On April 14th, 15th, and 16th, join us for his award-winning 2009 film BRONSON, the gripping true story of the infamous boxer and criminal Michael Peterson – aka Charles Bronson.
In the late 1970s, young Michael Peterson wanted to make a name for himself, but was quickly arrested after a jewelry store robbery went wrong. What was supposed to be a seven-year prison stint became thirty-years in solitary confinement, due to Peterson’s savage and garish behavior. During his incarceration, Peterson transformed himself into Charles Bronson (a nickname given to him by an old prison mate), Britain’s most dangerous prisoner. After his release, Bronson went on to enter the violent world of bare-knuckle boxing, hoping to finally achieve his dream to become someone.
Featuring Tom Hardy in a powerhouse, career-launching performance, Bronson is an intense, stylized take on the biopic. Using a series of connected vignettes, a pulsating soundtrack, and fourth-wall-breaking narration to tell the story of one of the most brutal criminals in history, Bronson provides a sensational mix of humor, violence, and history.
Saturday, April 14 – 2:30pm, 7pm, 9pm
Sunday, April 15 – 2:30pm, 9pm
Monday, April 16 – 4:30pm, 9:50pm
“Tom Hardy proves more than ready for his close-up, cackling, snarling and head-butting his way through Pusher director Nicolas Winding Refn’s mercifully unconventional biopic.” – Scott Foundas ,L.A. Weekly
“Part literate black comedy, part surrealistic character study, part horror movie, Bronson is a sophisticated confection, rich and dark, sprinkled with bitter little jokes.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The movie takes on a fearsome purity, refusing to find reasons, indifferent to motives, not even finding causes and effects. It is 92 minutes of rage, acted by Tom Hardy.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times