Lana Del Rey’s upcoming short film, Tropico, now has an official trailer — and it’s jam-packed with disturbing, David Lynch-ian imagery.
Instead of focusing on narrative, the one-minute clip is a surreal stew of darkness and daydreaming: Between images of strippers and gunfire, Del Rey eats an ice cream cone, gazes at a Los Angeles sunset from a rooftop, blows some bubbles and shares a cigarette with an unnamed (and slightly hostile) love interest. The film is said to feature a Bible-inspired narrative — and that’s supported by creepy shots of snakes and apples.
Del Rey first announced the 30-minute Tropico in July, and she’s followed with a series of brief teasers. The film’s score will feature several Del Rey songs (including “Body Electric,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Bel Air”) from her 2012 LP, Born to Die – Paradise Edition.
Tropico is being coproduced by Rick Rubin and directed by music video collaborator Anthony Mandler. Last month, she described the project as “Elvis and Jesus and Marilyn and extraterrestrials all in one.”
2013 has been a rather quiet year for the pop singer, but in a recent interview with Nylon, she discussed the pressures of following up Born to Die. “When people ask me about it, I just have to be honest — I really don’t know,” she said. “I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, definitely — the next one’s better than this one,’ because I don’t really hear a next one. My muse is very fickle.”