It seems that Danish cult director Nicolas Winding Refn has retired from the film business for the time being. It has been six years since his last film, The Neon Demon. In the meantime, the “Drive” maker was of course not idle, instead he discovered the medium of series for himself. In 2019 he realized the epic mini-series Too Old To Die Young for Amazon Prime Video with “Top Gun: MaverickStar Miles Teller starring. Now his new series project is just around the corner.
However, for “Copenhagen Cowboy”, the title of the new Nicolas Winding Refn format, the director did not collaborate again with Amazon Prime Video, but switched to the Netflix competition. It is not yet clear when the series will appear, but it should probably be in 2022. In any case, the first trailer that was released during the Venice Film Festival already shows very clearly what awaits us here: 100% Nicolas Winding Refn!
After Nicolas Winding Refn recently became internationally active, he returns to his native Denmark for the neo-noir series “Copenhagen Cowboy”. Here he was once able to make a name for himself with the gangster trilogy “Pusher”. And it seems that the filmmaker is going back to his roots to a certain extent with his new work, because the plot of the series is reminiscent of classic genre material, which of course – as you know it from NWR – gradually transcends and picks up be transported to a metaphysical level.
The focus of “Copenhagen Cowboy” is a mysterious woman named Miu (Angela Bundalovic). This has lived a life on the edge of legality, which was associated with many problems. However, Miu is now about to leave the criminal underworld of the Danish capital behind and wants to start an honest life in Copenhagen. On her quest for justice, she once again meets her nemesis Rakel (Lola Corfixen) – and embarks on an odyssey that blurs the lines between reality and the supernatural.
The trailer itself doesn’t give much in terms of content, instead there is a two-minute series of images, which is characterized by neon lights and a flat synthesizer sound, which is typical for Refn. The descent into darkness, however, can be seen in each of the fairly impressively aestheticized images.
It will be interesting to see what Nicolas Windg Refn will conjure up next from the quiver after the incredibly bulky but equally fascinating “Too Old To Die Young”. He will definitely provide his fans with one of the absolute highlights of the year here.