Fuck You, Koko-di, Koko-da and The Man Who Played with Fire have been selected for the Sundance Film Festival. Photos by Marcus Dineen / Johannes Nyholm / SF Studios

Swedish Guldbagge Award-winning Johannes Nyholm will be taking his new feature film Koko-di Koko-da to the Sundance Film Festival 2019 for its world premiere. Also in competition at the festival are Henrik Georgsson’s documentary The Man Who Played with Fire and Anette Sidor's short film Fuck You.

This will be the second time Johannes Nyholm heads to Park City, Utah. The writer-director first attended the festival in 2012 with his short Las Palmas, which now boasts 20 million YouTube trailer views. This time round, Nyholm will compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. His prior film The Giant – which won a Swedish Guldbagge for Best Film in 2017 – screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and competed at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Three of his short films – The Tale of Little PuppetboyLas Palmas and Dreams from the Woods – all competed at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

– Sundance was my absolute dream festival for Koko-di Koko-da. After nearly eight years of digging through mud and cold with the entire team, this feels like a worthy premiere, Johannes Nyholm states.

In Koko-di Koko-da, a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other. A sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorising them and luring them deeper and deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. The film was produced by Johannes Nyholm and co-produced by Maria Møller Christofferson of Beofilm in Denmark. The film received funding from the Swedish Film Institute, and will premiere in Sweden some time in 2019, with international sales rights managed by Stray Dogs.


Also in competition is Henrik Georgsson’s The Man Who Played with Fire – the story of author and journalist Stieg Larsson – which will have its international festival premiere when it screen in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. The film premiered in Sweden in September, and was also screened in the Swedish parliament followed by a debate.

– Our story of Stieg Larsson’s fight for an open democratic society is extremely relevant on an international level, which makes it exciting to have it screen at Sundance, explains the film’s director, Henrik Georgsson.

– Acceptance to Sundance, one of the world’s leading film festivals, is proof that we have made a politically relevant film, and is a fantastic start on our way to reaching a global audience, the film’s producers Fredrik Heinig and Mattias Nohrborg explain.

The Man Who Played with Fire was produced by Mattias Nohrborg and Fredrik Heinig for B-Reel Films, a co-production with TV4 Film i Väst, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning, Generalissimo, C More and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The film received funding from Swedish Film Institute’s documentary film commissioner Juan Pablo Libossart. Distributed in Sweden by SF Studios, international sales are managed by The Match Factory.


Anette Sidor's short Fuck You is also in competition, selected for the International Narrative Short Films section. On a night out with friends, teenage Alice steals a strap-on and defiantly challenges her boyfriend's comfort with boundaries. Writer-director Anette Sidor's film is a bold and unapologetic approach to teenage sex and expected power dynamics.

– Sundance feels amazing! We’re very excited to screen Fuck You at the festival. So far, we’ve had a great response and lots of different reactions to the film, so we're thrilled to meet the audience there and look forward to the premiere on January 24th, says Anette Sidor.

This will be the first US screening of Fuck You, which received an Honorable Mention at the Toronto International Film Festival this September and was also screened at the Locarno Film Festival. The film was produced by Jerry Carlsson for Verket Produktion, with funding from prior Swedish Film Institute commissioner Erika Wasserman. International sales are handled by Kurzfilm Agentur.


Moreover, Danish-Swedish co-production Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Mads Brügger will also compete in the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition. The film depicts the conditions surrounding the plane crash which the life of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Swedish Secretary-General of the United Nations 1953-61. The film, with Swedish production by Andreas Rocksén of Laika Film & Television and funding from prior Swedish Film Institute documentary film commissioner Cecilia Lidin, will have its world premiere at Sundance.

The Sundance Film Festival will be held between January 24 and February 3, 2019. Read more about the festival here.

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