Picturehouse Entertainment are delighted to announce the release of KOKO-DI KOKO-DA on 7 September exclusively to BFI player with a special introduction by film critic Mark Kermode. The film will also be released on Blu-ray and digital from 7 September. A hit at the Sundance Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival, where it enjoyed its UK premiere last year, KOKO-DI KOKO-DA from writer/director Johannes Nyholm (The Giant), is a unique exploration of a relationship falling apart, a compelling mélange of intense thriller, pitch black comedy and searing psychodrama.

A couple, Tobias (Leif Edlund Johansson) and Elin (Ylva Gallon), embark on a trip to find their way back to each other and repair their broken relationship. A sideshow artist (Peter Belli) and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper and deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. Desperately the couple tries to escape, only to find themselves back where they started: in their tent, waking up at dawn. By way of their tangled dreams, we relive one particular night in their lives over and over again. From this nightmarish atmosphere, underpinned by a haunting score and striking cinematography, a poignant story emerges about relationships, grief and reconciliation, and love as a healing force.

KOKO-DI KOKO-DA is written, directed and produced by Johannes Nyholm, a Swedish writer and director regarded as one of the most original and intriguing filmmakers of his generation. With a background in classical animation, Nyholm often mixes different styles and cinematic universes, moving freely in the border between dream and reality. He first gained recognition for his animated film series The Tale of Little Puppetboy, widely shown at festivals and galleries around the world including Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2009. His shadow puppetry short-film Dreams from the Woods which followed also premiered in Cannes. In 2011 his short film Las Palmas gained worldwide fame from its trailer alone and won a flurry of awards, screening in Cannes and Sundance. In 2016 Nyholm made his highly anticipated feature film debut with The Giant, a fantastical and wondrous drama that received critical acclaim from its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, followed by San Sebastian and a host of other international festivals. The film won three Guldbagge Awards as well as prizes at the San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Warsaw film festivals.

With his latest film KOKO-DI KOKO-DA Johannes Nyholm creates another unique cinematic world bordering dream and reality, for which he explains the inspiration, ‘The setting is those wee hours of the morning when dreams are at their most relentlessly untamed. This is also when the seed for many of my films comes to me… this nightmarish landscape between wakefulness and sleep. The film is deeply personal and a means to confront my own worst fears, much like the way the characters in the film are forced to confront theirs. The main reason for making this film is that I’m fascinated by the everyday situations and power struggles lurking beneath the surface in relationships; what is not said, what is embedded between the lines.’

Released exclusively to BFI player, Blu-ray and digital on 7 September 2020
86mins / Cert: 18 / Picturehouse Entertainment

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