Screened as part of NZIFF 2019

Koko-di Koko-da 2019

Directed by Johannes Nyholm Incredibly Strange

Visually arresting and very adult, Swedish director Johannes Nyholm’s devilishly devised folktale focuses on a grieving couple’s infinite camping trip from hell.

Denmark / Sweden In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles
86 minutes DCP



Johannes Nyholm


Johan Lundborg
Tobias Höiem-Flyckt

Production designer

Pia Aleborg

Costume designer

Gabriella Lundberg


Simon Ohlsson
Olaf Cornéer


Leif Edlund
Ylva Gallon
Katarina Jacobson
Peter Belli


Rotterdam 2019


Full of indelible imagery and haunting déjà vu, this pitch-black fable depicting grief as a psychological nightmare follows a bereaved couple, three years after suffering an unimaginable loss. Attempting to repair their strained marriage on a camping trip, Elin (Ylva Gallon) and Tobias (Leif Edlund) instead find themselves at the mercy of a trio of dark fairytale characters: a menacing goliath; a sinister woman with a vicious dog on a leash; and the ringleader, a homicidal dandy resplendent in a bowler hat. As Elin and Tobias are tormented over and over again in a forest they can’t escape from, director Johannes Nyholm slyly introduces moments of animation and puppetry – including hypnotic cutaways of paper-marionette rabbits – that strikingly parallel the couple’s life. Their ordeal is emotionally wrenching but also strangely poetic, and only by healing their relationship can they exorcise their trauma – and the demons baying for blood. Koko-di Koko-da is humorous and nihilistic, beguiling and repulsive in equal measure – and just like the titular nursery rhyme heard on loop throughout the film, never forgotten. — AT