Official Selection: Sundance
Set in Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera, Holidaytells the story of Sascha, the trophy girlfriend of small-time gangster Michael, as she takes a vacation with the criminal and his associates at a luxury villa under the summer sun. But the price for such hedonistic pleasures may be higher than expected and Holiday eschews the genre’s familiar storylines for an altogether darker palette.
Swedish co-writer and director Isabella Eklof’s debut feature has drawn well deserved comparisons to Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days), Michael Haneke (Funny Games), and even Gaspar Noé (Irreversible), and there’s a stylish formalism and atmosphere of dread that flows throughout Holiday. But Eklof’s female gaze adds a unique touch. Victoria Carmen Sonne’s performance as the seemingly neutral Sascha is perfectly realised and Lai Yde’s turn as Michael is genuinely chilling. Holiday is a deep, disturbing, and truly powerful work.
“This astonishing first feature depicts a world of superficial pleasures with such precision that even the people trapped in its confines can’t deny its appeal.” - Indiewire
Screens with the short film The Lost Sheep.
Sun 8th, 8.45pm, Luna Leederville