In her 4-Star review out of Fantasia, Dread’s Anya Stanley wrote “Koko-di Koko-da is refreshingly unforgiving in its unpacking of the ways that grief betrays us. Every dread-filled moment holds the audience bound and gagged, praying for the nightmare to end.”
Today brings word that the film THR called “the bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook” has been acquired by Dark Star Pictures for North American distribution.
Elin (Katarina Jakobson) and Tobias (Leif Edlund) are a happily married couple who regularly vacation with their young daughter. The family is on a dreamy holiday when an innocuous case of food poisoning derails their plans and forever alters the course of their lives. Three years later, the once loving couple is on the road again to go camping, looking for one last chance to go back to the way things used to be. But what once was is lost, and our characters instead find themselves having to relive the same nightmarish events, as that day and the horrors it brings repeat themselves infinitely. Together, they must overcome their trauma, reconcile with their past and fight for their lives. Over, and over, and over again.
Koko-di Koko-da comes from writer/director Johannes Nyholm, who helmed genre festival hit The Giant. Theatrical openings will include Los Angeles, New York, and more to be announced. The deal was negotiated by Dark Star President Michael Repsch and Stray Dogs Managing Director Nathan Fischer on behalf of the filmmakers.