‘Holiday’ wins at the New Horizons Film Festival

The Danish/Swedish film Holiday from Swedish director Isabella Eklöf has won the Grand Prix at this year’s New Horizon’s Film Festival, which wrapped up over the weekend.

Holiday is about the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord who gets caught up in the violence of a modern dark gangster tale while holidaying in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has also screened at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

The jury consisted of German director-cinematographer Fred Kelemen, German filmmaker Valeska Grisebach, Polish directors Anna Jadowska and Michal Marczark, as well as producer Claudia Landsberger. They said of Holiday:

“In an unsentimental and unsettling way, Holiday reveals the mechanisms of conformism and dependence as seen through the eyes of a chameleonic main character manoeuvring through a world encompassed by greed. Firm, flawless and convincing direction.”

The 12 films in the competition were directed by women.

You can view the full list of winners over at Cineuropa, or watch a clip from Holiday below.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.