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Koko-di Koko-da

Johannes Nyholm
Sweden, Denmark 2019 / 86’
Jinpa Ray & Liz

One of the most talked about films at the Sundance Festival and in Rotterdam. The story of a family and a birthday party that unexpectedly turns into a half fairy tale, half horror story. Realism slowly gives way to the pressure of surrealistic events, with animation creeping into the plot, and the characters painted on the music box coming to life. With Nyholm, the monotonous, looped sound of this most melancholic of children's toys doesn’t just appear in the soundtrack alone. Terrorized on a forest camping site by three grotesque figures and a furious rottweiler, the nightmare that the main characters can't escape is replayed again and again. A white cat as a harbinger of bad news, a dark forest, a lonely witch's house and the tune from the music box create an atmosphere as if from a bad dream, a dream from which it is impossible to awaken. This dream in the case of Elin and Tobias is a huge loss suffered a few years earlier and although they seem ready to start a normal life, they are still struggling with anger, guilt, regret and pain. Each of the variants of the situation, repeated at the campsite, carries a story of mutual resentment and feelings of injustice, despair and love, which are intertwined with mourning in a knot of contradictory emotions.

Małgorzata Sadowska

Johannes Nyholm

Johannes Nyholm (b. 1974) is a director, screenwriter, animator who debuted with the famous Giant, awarded the Special Prize in San Sebastian and the Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw Film Festival. Prior to this he made an animated series entitled Puppetboy, presented, among others, in the Director's Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. The trailer of his short film Las Palmas had 20 million views on YouTube, and the film itself premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


2008 Sagan om den lilla Dockpojken / The Tale of Little Puppetboy (short)

2009 Drömmar från skogen / Dreams From the Woods (short)

2011 Las Palmas (short)

2016 Olbrzym / Jätten / The Giant 

2019 Koko-di Koko-da

Cast & Crew

director Johannes Nyholm
screenplay Johannes Nyholm
cinematography Johan Lundborg, Tobias Höiem-Flyckt
editing Johannes Nyholm
music Simon Ohlsson, Olof Cornéer
cast Ylva Gallon, Leif Edlund, Peter Belli, Katarina Jacobson, Morad Khatchadorian, Brandy Litmanen
producer Johannes Nyholm, Maria Møller Christoffersen
production Johannes Nyholm Produktion, Beofilm
Polish distributor Kino Świat
language Swedish, Danish
colouration colour