AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 20 – June 26: THE NEON DEMON

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neon demon posterOpening June 24, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Neon Demon, the striking new film from Danish writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Only God Forgives) featuring an unforgettable central performance from Elle Fanning. Read on…

Fanning (Ginger & Rosa, Maleicent, Trumbo) plays aspiring model Jess, who moves to LA seeking fame and fortune. Her youth and beauty make her a star, but also attract the attentions of a group of envious women, headed by the alluring Ruby (Jena Malone) who will stop at nothing to take everything from her.

While Winding Refn’s (who co-writes here with Mary Laws and Polly Stenham) uncompromising, stylised vision has divided critics, there’s no doubt that The Neon Demon is a mesmerising prospect. With the exceptional, chameleonic Fanning to anchor the story, stunning visuals from cinematographer Natasha Braier (XXY, The Rover) and an evocative, Cannes Film Festival award-winning soundtrack from Cliff Martinez, The Neon Demon is a feast for all the senses.

Film Details:
Title: The Neon Demon
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Running Time: 117 minutes
Language: English
Principal Cast: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee
Screenwriters: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws & Polly Stenham
Production Companies: Space Rocket Natin, Vendian Entertainment, Bold Films
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
Official Site & Trailer

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Thelma Adams, Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Candice Frederick, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of June 20 -June 26, 2016

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.