Koko-di Koko-da

Koko-di Koko-da

Koko-di Koko-da follows a couple who, after a family tragedy, goes on a vacation in order to reconnect. They are confronted by their inner demons in the form of a surreal circus company that pulls them into a maelstrom of psychological terror.

Koko-di Koko-da had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Festival.

Written and directed by Johannes Nyholm.

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Nominee (Best Foreign Film) US 2020
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (Best Screenplay) US 2019
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (Special Jury Award) US 2019
T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Poland 2019
Buenos Aires International Festival Nominee (Best Film) Argentina 2019
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Nominee (Best Motion Picture) Spain 2019
Guanajuato International Film Festival Nominee (Best International Film) Mexico 2019
Molins Film Festival Nominee (Audience Award ) Spain 2019
Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival Nominee (Best European Fantastic Feature Film) France 2019
Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival Nominee (Best International Feature Film) France 2019
Brussels International Film Festival (Best Picture) Belgium 2019
Fantasia Film Festival (Camera Lucida Award) Canada 2019
Molins Film Festival Nominee (Jury Prize) Spain 2019
Rotterdam International Film Festival Nominee (Tiger Award) Netherlands 2019
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Dragon Award Best Nordic Film) Sweden 2019
Sundance Film Festival Nominee (Grand Jury Prize) US 2019
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Reviews

  • “Temporal looping has never been so discombobulating. Nyholm’s script cleverly incorporates grief without overworking its allegorical aspects. /…/ The production design – from the rooster shadow-play to the decorated music box – is glorious.”

    ★★★★★

    Irish Times, Ireland

  • “Twisted, tense and refreshingly smart.”

    Top 10 films, UK

  • “He creates a hallucinatory, surreal, unsettling world, whose visual images imprint themselves like fireworks.”

    Dog and Wolf, UK

  • Koko-Di Koko-Da is one of the most unusual films you’re likely to see. /…/ A beautifully realised nightmarish fable. A demonic fairy tale. 

    Backseat Mafia, UK

  • “There is a real depth to this terrifying tale. /…/  Koko-di Koko-da will leave a lasting impression on you long after viewing.”

    Movies on Weekends, UK

  • “It’s a well-executed and well-rounded psychological horror film that never loses steam despite the repetition in scenes. Nyholm’s emphasis on the editing and making each repetition distinctive from the previous, avoiding any sense of monotony.”

    ★★★★

    The London Economic, UK

  • Koko-Di Koko-Da is a film that’s weird yet addictive, and one which you’ll remember for a long time after watching.”

    ★★★★

    The Edge, UK

  • “Nyholm creates striking moods and feels almost Lynchian in his unsettling surrealism. He is one to watch.”

    ★★★★

    The Upcoming, UK

  • “This Swedish film may be the most strikingly different take I’ve seen on grief.”

    ★★★★

    The Times, UK

  • “There is nothing like it in theatres right now.”

    ★★★★

    Sveriges Radio P4, Sweden

  • “Scary but brilliantly narrated. /…/ Strikingly peculiar. /…/ [The film possesses] a hard-to-define horror, one that strikes deep inside you, making the soul defenseless.”

    ★★★★

    SVT Kulturnyheterna, Sweden

  • “A surreal work of art. /…/ [Johannes Nyholm] establishes himself as one of the most exciting, interesting, smart, wise, creative and brilliant and unique directors to have appeared in a long time.”

    ★★★★

    Kulturbloggen, Sweden

  • “[Johannes Nyholm] impresses again with Koko-di Koko-da, making me infuriatingly happy. /…/ Johannes Nyholm is an artist that Sweden should take extra well care of. All of his films display the kind of creativity, narrative skill and imagination that Roy Andersson has been searching for during the last centuries.”

    ★★★★

    Nöjesguiden, Sweden

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Author
Photo: Emma Larsson Johannes Nyholm
Published
2019
Genre
  • Drama
  • Horror

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