Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn was one to watch. His Pusher TV series was followed up by Bronson, then Valhalla Rising. Then his name was suddenly everywhere as Drive went on to push through into the mainstream after winning him Best Director at Cannes. Seemingly performing something of an about-face, back away from the mainstream, Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon were much more challenging movies. Too Old to Die Young went direct to streaming. Copenhagen Cowboy sees him return to his roots.


Looking characteristically lit, Copenhagen Cowboy is a six-episode noir tale set among Copenhagen’s criminal underworld and it follows a young heroine called Miu on a quest for revenge. According to the blurb:

“Along the way, she encounters her nemesis, Rakel, as they embark on an odyssey through the natural and the supernatural. The past ultimately transforms and defines their future, as the two women discover they are not alone, they are many.”

Copenhagen Cowboy stars Angela Bundalovic, Lola Corfixen, Zlatko Buric, Andreas Lykke Jørgensen, Jason Hendil-Forssell, Li Ii Zhang, and Dragana Milutinovic co-star.

There will be a showreel at the Venice Film Festival this week and the show will be released in full on Netflix before the end of the year. Here is the teaser:

Refn has something of a reputation for changing course on his plans for projects. In September 2011, Refn said his next film would be I Walk with the Dead, with Carey Mulligan in the lead role after her co-star turn in Drive. This was to be a horror-movie sex thriller set in Tokyo or Los Angeles. Instead he made Neon Demon some years later.


In between that change of direction Refn announced via his Twitter page that his next project would be titled The Avenging Silence, and referred to it as “Ian Fleming + William Burroughs + NWR = The Avenging Silence”. He posted images for Fleming’s novel Dr. No and for Burroughs’s novel The Soft Machine.

This was to tell the story of a former European spy who accepts a mission from a Japanese businessman to take down the head of a Yakuza family in Japan.

This also never materialised.

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