HÕFF to screen two Swedish genre flicks
This may come as a surprise, but the biggest film exports from Sweden last year was a little disaster film called The Unthinkable. It is screening for the first time in Estonia at Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.
The film, which was screened in a little over 100 countries, was chosen for one of the largest genre film festivals in the world, Fantastic Fest, and there on it gained international attention. “An impressively made low-budget disaster epic,” writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Right before the summer solstice, all communication channels in Sweden go dark overnight, and before anyone can react, strange things start happening.
“The film is made special by it’s skillful combination of romance, catastrophe and science-fiction. Like the title suggests, everything we see on screen, as unthinkable and well-made as it is, leaves us wondering: what did I just watch? It is definitely one of the most original sci-fi films of this era,” says HÕFF head of programming Helmut Jänes.
The Unthinkable (“Den blomstertid nu kommer”) was made collectively by self-proclaimed directors Hannes Krantz, Albin Pettersson, Olle Tholén, Rasmus Råsmark and Victor Danell, aka Crazy Pictures.
It is worth noting that the project did not meet the standards of The Swedish Film Institute. So, the film’s 1.8 million euro budget was gathered through crowdfunding. The film was nominated for four Guldbagge film awards in Sweden, and won Newcomer of the Year.
Film Still: Koko-dii, koko-daa
HÕFF is also screening another Swedish film – Guldbagge Best Film award winner The Giant and Youtube viral sensation Las Palmas director Johannes Nyholm’s new film, Koko-dii, koko-daa. It’s a surreal psychological thriller about a married couple who just lost a child and are now thrown into a nightmarish turmoil of events when they go camping in the woods.
It’s A Clockwork Orange meets Groundhog Day, according to film festival CPH:DOX in Copenhagen.
Having premiered at the renowned Sundance Film Festival, Koko-dii, koko-daa is currently touring the world and will be screening at Sweden in the summer.
“The film analyses grief, violence and the fear of loneliness by means which turn the tables on conventional horror, blurring the lines of reality and fantasy, as it is to be expected from Nyholm,” says Helmut Jänes.
Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival runs on April 25th until 28th. It is the biggest festival of it’s kind here in the Baltics. Tickets and passes sold HERE.