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Wanna Fight? season at the IFI

1 of 1 Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, which opens on August 2
Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, which opens on August 2

The Irish Film Institute is hosting a special season of films to accompany the release of director Nicolas Winding Refn's new film, Only God Forgives.

The season, titled Wanna Fight?, runs from August 3 to 31 and will feature a selection of films that have influenced the Drive director's cool and brutal style, including Tokyo Drifter, David Lynch's Wild at Heart and Wong Kar Wai's superb Ashes of Time Redux.

Winding Refn had huge success with Drive in 2011 and now he is back with Only God Forgives, another stylishly violent film, also starring Ryan Gosling, which is set for release on August 2.

In a recent interview, Winding Refn said: "I make films about what arouses me; what I want to see. Very rarely to understand why I want to see it and I've learned not to become obsessed with that part of it."

The director has invoked the names of other filmmakers in his work in the past. For example, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's name appears on the credits to both Drive and Only God Forgives so it was only right that Jodorowsky's beautiful yet bizarre film, Santa Sangre, was included in the IFI season.

Another director who has been referenced by Winding Refn is controversial filmmaker Gaspar Noé. Noé's film Enter the Void was one of the most divisive of 2009 and will be screened towards the end of the season.

Also being shown is John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate. In the film, Angela Lansbury plays one of the most reprehensible mother figures seen on screen, a role with many similarities to Kristin Scott Thomas' character in Only God Forgives.

Tickets for Wanna Fight? are on sale now from the IFI Box Office and website.

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