Copenhagen Cowboy: from today on Netflix Nicolas Refn’s new affront to TV and streaming

As promised by Copenhagen Cowboy official trailer published a few weeks ago, from today on Netflix the new work of the Danish author arrives exclusively Nicolas Winding Refna real ‘affront’ to TV series and the possibilities of streaming.

As per tradition, we present you below 5 curiosities about Copenhagen Cowboys to discover before pressing play. But we warn you: if you have found the previous one indigestible NWR TV series Too old to die youngreleased in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video, you’d better run away because you will be faced with the apotheosis of refn-thought, with what is perhaps the most physical television experience one can have today (apart from being hit on the head by a television).

  • The plot: difficult to speak of a real plot in front of a work like Copenhagen Cowboysperhaps the term premise would be more indicative of what awaits you, but the protagonist of the series is one enigmatic young renegade named Miu who, after dedicating his life to an unknown organization, is in search of his nemesis, Rakel. Her journey is an odyssey into Copenhagen’s criminal underworld, ranging from the natural to the supernatural: Refn described her as his version of a superhero story.
  • False movement: self Too old to die young could be read as a mixture between the pop atmospheres Drivehis most famous and acclaimed film, and the dreamlike and surreal drifts of Only God forgives, Copenhagen Cowboys immediately plays his cards face up and reveals himself for a total extreme of refn thought: the return to his native Copenhagen, which had been at the center of the trilogy of Pushers (The Netflix series is Refn’s first Danish-language work since Pushers 3released in 2005) it is only a false movement towards the author’s past, which actually seems to want to definitively abandon the ‘earthly world’ for the ‘allegorical’ one. If Takeshi Kitano and David Lynch have always been references for the author, here we are definitely more towards Lynch.
  • Goodbye to the cinema?: at the time of the release of Too old to die young Refn ruled that streaming was the future of cinema. Now the author is back with a new television series, previewed in Venice 2022, which once again belongs to that ‘genre’ of TV shows that overthrow the lines between the big and small screenshow Twin Peaks 3, Antidisturbios or Exterior Night. Refn’s latest film was in 2015 with The Neon Demon: Will the author ever return to the big screen?
  • Exceptional cameos: also in Copenhagen Cowboysafter Too old to die youngRefn has found room for a cameo from his great friend Hideo Kojimafamous videogame author and father of the saga of Metal Gear Solid which in turn had included him in the ‘cast’ of the cult video game Death Stranding.
  • And now?: at the time of the official announcement of Copenhagen Cowboys, Refn talked about Netflix as a partner “for my future adventures.” For now, however, there are no indications on what the cult director’s next work will be, so stay tuned.

All the 6 episodes of Copenhagen Cowboys are now available on Netflix: Will you give the series a chance? Are you a fan of NWR or will it be your first time in its distinctive audiovisual world? Tell us in the comments section!

Copenhagen Cowboy: from today on Netflix Nicolas Refn’s new affront to TV and streaming