Valhalla Rising

Synopsis: 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self.
Production: IFC Films
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
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93 min



He's never belonged to anyone

for more than five years.

Your time has passed.

Mine has come.

[man] They're bastards, these people.

These followers of the white Christ.


A much travelled man once told me

that they eat their own God.

Eat his flesh, drink his blood.


And they hate us... want us dead.

So you pray to the gods to protect us.

We have many gods.

They've only got the one.

Can't let him go.

We need him.

You need money, chieftain.

Like everyone else.

It's the only way to reason

with the Christians.

You might as well get it from me.

Who are you?

Hood him.

Take him away.

[wind howling]

What do you see?


When I die... will go back to hell.


[chieftain] He's driven by hate.

It's how he survives.

Why he never loses.

He'll come because he has to come.

To finish it.

Do you like it?

My father gave it to me, I think.

Are you from the clans, warrior?

[boy] No.

Why does the boy speak for you?

Are you Christians?


You're lying.

I wouldn't do that if I were you.

I've heard about him.

He's one of the biggest savages

in Sutherland.

Killed our chieftain's son,

and most of his men, as well.


Does the mute have a name?

His name is One-Eye.


You can eat with us. Then we can talk.

Or at least, the boy can.

You need a name.

And you've only got one eye.

So... now you've got your freedom,

what do you plan to do with it?

I wanna go home.

Where is that?

Don't know.

Maybe he could bring us luck.


I could use a good fighter like you.

We're God's own soldiers, warrior.

Heading for Jerusalem...

to reconquer the Holy Land.

There's great honour in it.

Riches. Land.

Isn't that right, soldier?


That's right.

[man] Endless warfare.

It makes more tramps than heroes.

But you should come with us

to Jerusalem.

Your sins will be absolved,

whether you live or die.

You will see your loved ones again.


Where does he come from?

He was brought up from hell.

So where is it, this hell?

On the other side of the ocean.

We're more than flesh and blood.

More than revenge.

All of these things go.

You should consider your soul.

That's where the real pain lies.

Do you think he'll come back?

If it's God's will.

My father told so many tales

of the Holy Land.

And I never tired of listening to him.

All about its beauty.

Its wealth.

[man] Do you know what I do

when I'm scared?

I pray to Christ.

Do you know who he is?

He sacrificed his life... that we could be free

from pain and misery.

You see, that's what we're doing.

We're going to protect his land,

his kingdom.

So you have to be strong.

[man] Never seen a mist

like this before.

So far from a shore.

It's been how long?


Perhaps it's a curse.

It's not a curse.

It's just a mist, nothing more.

This ship is yours, Lord.

These men are yours, Lord.

These swords we bear are for you, Lord.

We ask you to send the wind

to lift this mist.

We ask you, Lord, to send the wind

to guide us on the path to your land,

to the Holy Land.

We ask you, Lord,

to put your hand with our hands,

to guide us to your kingdom.

Don't do it again. You'll die.

[man laughs]

You're dead.


[man] You see, that's what we are doing.

We are going to protect his land,

his kingdom.

So you have to be strong.

No winds.

No current.

It's a curse.

Do you think the boy

could be the cause of this?

Of course.

How are we gonna kill him?

I'll do it.

- It was the boy.

- Shut up!

- He killed one of our men.

- Back off.

- Do something.

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Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn (; Danish: [neɡolas vendeŋ ˈʁɛfn̩]; born 29 September 1970) is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996–2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009), the neo-noir crime film Drive (2011), the thriller Only God Forgives (2013), and the psychological horror film The Neon Demon (2016). In 2008, Refn co-founded the Copenhagen-based production company Space Rocket Nation. more…

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