Three years after they were hit by tragedy, the relationship between Elin and Tobias is severely disrupted. As they drive to a nature reserve where they are planning to camp, their words and the silences in between are steeped in irritation and reproach. Despite Elin’s objections, Tobias steers the car deep into the forest to put up the tent in pitch dark.

At dawn, Elin goes outside for a pee. A white cat, the same one that crossed their path the night before, attracts her attention. Then we hear a circus tune coming from the forest; it heralds a trial that will be repeated time and again, like a nightmare from which they cannot awake. What’s going on, and how can they escape their cruel, stupid fate?

In his second feature, jack-of-all-trades Johannes Nyholm incorporates a variety of ideas, some of which he already tackled in a music video and a short film. In his peculiar visual universe, he mixes live action with classic animation techniques to cross the boundary between fantasy and reality. Like his shadow puppets, which are moved along a screen on visible strings, Elin and Tobias also fail to free themselves from their prescribed role in the sadistic spectacle in which they have become entangled. In the twilight zone between night and day, sleep and awakening, they repeatedly are forced to confront their deepest fear: being alone.

Filmmaker
Johannes Nyholm
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Sweden, Denmark
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Swedish, Danish
Producer
Johannes Nyholm, Maria Møller Christoffersen
Production Company
Johannes Nyholm Produktion, Beofilm
Sales
Stray Dogs
Writer
Johannes Nyholm
Cinematography
Johan Lundborg, Tobias Höiem-Flyckt
Editor
Johannes Nyholm
Production Design
Pia Aleborg
Sound Design
Gustaf Berger, Jacques Pedersen
Music
Simon Ohlsson, Olof Cornéer
Cast
Ylva Gallon, Leif Edlund Johansson, Peter Belli, Katarina Jacobson, Morad Khatchadorian, Brandy Litmanen
Website
http://www.johannesnyholm.se