Koko-di Koko-da – a festival hit in which Groundhog Day is reborn in a primitive nightmare – is released in Minsk. The tense atmosphere, gloomy landscapes, frightening clowns, and main characters gripped by horror – all this in Johannes Nyholm’s film. You can see the picture presented at the Sundance festival from August 29th at the Pioner, Centralny, and Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.
A young couple goes on a trip through picturesque places. In the woods, they meet circus performers who arrange fun games for them, terrorizing the spouses. Time and again, they are forced to live this day in order to find a way out and break the vicious circle.
The film was written, produced, and directed by Johannes Nyholm. Having experience in classical animation, he often mixes different styles, genres, and cinematic universes, moving freely in the space between fiction and reality.
Koko-di Koko-da is the second feature by Johannes Nyholm. According to him, the main reason for creating the film was his interest in the theme of undercurrents in relationships and deeply hidden conflicts. “Again and again, we see how the characters are in the same scenery – in a forest glade and in a small tent. We watch them from above, as if they are gladiators, now and then in a fight, and who have nowhere to run – neither from their torments, nor from each other, “ the director says.
Johannes Nyholm’s art horror took part in major European and world film festivals and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the program “World cinema – Dramatic” of the independent Sundance Film Festival, the Best Nordic Film in Gothenburg, the Grand Prix of the International Competition of the New Horizons Film Festival in Poland, and others.
The Hollywood Reporter called the picture “a bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook”. “A beautiful descent into maddening, never-ending grief. A film you’ll never forget seeing,” Three Imaginary Girls wrote . “A surreal holiday in the spirit of David Lynch and the authentic northern cinema about a relationship crisis,” GQ says .
You can watch Koko-di Koko-da from August 29th to September 4th at the Pioner and Centralny, from August 29th to September 11th – at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.
The film shows as part of the “Listapad. Collection” project.