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Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Probably the boldest and most self-assured debut feature of the year, Isabella Eklöf’s unsparing drama packs a wallop. In a lavish Turkish villa, Sascha (Victoria Carmen Sonne, turning in a deceptively complex performance) lives an idle life of leisure thanks to her rich drug-dealer boyfriend Michael (a menacing Lai Yde). Sascha, who blithely goes through her days shopping, sipping fine wines, and eating out with Michael and his entourage of thugs, seems oblivious not only to Michael’s violent ways, but also to the fact that she is living in a gilded prison, for any flouting of the strict rules laid down by Michael is met with swift punishment. When she starts flirting with a free spirit (Thijs Römer) she meets in an ice-cream shop, can she really not know that the consequences will be shattering? Eklöf’s sense of control here is breathtaking as she tightens the noose around Sascha’s neck, while the feeling of free-floating tension that permeates the film puts one on the edge of one’s seat—something has got to explode…

"This astonishing first feature depicts a world of superficial pleasures with such precision… Holiday is a fearless work anchored by Sonne’s bold, subtle performance… Eklöf maps out Sascha’s world with despair and dark humour, as a thick current of social commentary courses beneath every tense moment."—Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Warning: graphic scene of sexual violence.

Canadian premiere
Director Isabella Eklöf
Country of Origin: Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands/Turkey
Year: 2018
Running Time: 93 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Danish, Dutch, English with English subtitles
Cast: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer
Producer: David B. Sørensen
Screenwriter: Isabella Eklöf, Johanne Algren
Cinematographer: Nadim Carlsen
Editor: Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Production Design: Josephine Farsø
Production Company: Apparatur, Oak Motion Pictures, Common Ground Pictures, Film i Väst
Print Source: Heretic Outreach


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