Film - International Independents Filmfest 2019


Directed by Johannes Nyholm


Director: Johannes Nyholm
Section: International Independents
Country: Sweden
Year: 2018
Language: Danish, Swedish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Katarina Jacobson, Peter Belli



The day before their daughter's eighth birthday, Elin and Tobias find her dead body. Years later, their relationship still suffers from this tragedy. To rekindle their bond, the couple decide to go on a camping trip in the woods. Things become horrific when three grotesque sideshow performers show up: an old dandy in a white suit, a hulking giant, and a silent woman with a penetrating stare. They have two dogs with them: one aggressive, the other dead. The performers turn the couple into marionettes in a sadistic game that leads to death, except that the suffering doesn't end there. Elin and Tobias are condemned to wake up repeatedly at the start of this terrible day, without knowing what they're in for. As the tune to "The Cock Is Dead" is hummed, they are confronted again and again with new versions of this fantastical nightmare. But underneath the sadism they endure, the aim is to overcome their pain and grief.

Meet the director


Johannes Nyholm

Johannes Nyholm was born in Umeå in northern Sweden in 1974. His work ranges from music videos, short films, and animated films to features. His animated film series PUPPETBOY (2008), originally intended for a gallery exhibition, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. This series was followed by LAS PALMAS (2011) and THE GIANT (2016). Nyholm also writes screenplays and runs his own production company.


Screenplay: Johannes Nyholm
Director of Photography: Johan Lundborg, Tobias Höiem-Flyckt
Producer: Johannes Nyholm
Production Company: Johannes Nyholm Produktion
Co-Producer: Maria Møller Christoffersen
Co-Production Company: Beo Film
World Sales: Stray Dogs