Netflix has just released the trailer for the upcoming Danish thriller Copenhagen cowboy and it will leave you with a thousand questions.
By Nicolas Winding Refn, the creator behind it pusher, journeyand The neon demonThis six-part series follows a young woman named Miu (Angela Bundalovic) on her journey into Copenhagen’s criminal underworld.
The synopsis reads: “In a quest for justice and revenge, she encounters her nemesis Rakel (Lola Corfixen) as they embark on an odyssey through the natural and the supernatural,” according to Netflix. It goes on to tease that the two women “discover they are not alone, they are many.”
In the trailer, Miu (and her Will Byers-esque bowl cut) is shown in various situations with little explanation; in one she witnesses a deadly gunfight, in another she cradles a baby. But in both she wears the same light blue tracksuit.
Through the sequences, a narrator says, “I don’t know what you are or what you’re capable of, but people are dying around you. Either that or they get new life from you.”
Needless to say, I’m intrigued.
While many details have remained under wraps, the series hasn’t sidestepped its press circle. Copenhagen cowboy was screened for review at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, where it received minimal reviews and gave its first taster.
Early reports gave mixed reviews decision maker‘s Marshall Shaffer that the series “may excite existing Refn fans but is unlikely to attract new converts” and The playlist‘s Rafaela Sales Ross gave the series a C+ while writing: “It all gets a little too tired too quickly, the combined visual and mental over-stimulation going against the binge culture nurtured by streaming platforms.”
The upcoming series also made headlines after PETA revealed a pig was shot on set. The organization claimed their source was the farmer who had supplied the live pigs to production after being told one would be killed for a scene.
PETA reported that Copenhagen Zoo confirmed receiving a dead pig from the production site and Danish police were investigating the situation as this type of cruelty violates the Danish Animal Welfare Act.
When it comes to the trailer, no pig imagery is included, although BFI states in its review of the film that “pigs are a prevalent symbol” in the series. After the controversy, PETA requested that any glorification of pig death be removed from the final version.
However, a still image was provided showing a scene occurring in a pig slaughterhouse.
As the woman says in the trailer, “She’s not lucky / She’s a real devil…”. Ditto for this strange release.
Copenhagen cowboy will air on Netflix on January 5, 2023.