Festive food falls from the skies in Ikea’s eco-minded Christmas ad

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, Ikea Russia’s weird and wonderful festive campaign acts as a reminder that the holiday season doesn’t have to be marked by over-indulgence

As society increasingly moves towards a more sustainable future, it’s unsurprising that the idea of a ‘green Christmas’ has gained traction in recent years.

Traditionally a time of extravagance, more people are beginning to consider the balance between indulgence and wastefulness as they celebrate the festive season.

Ikea Russia is tackling the issue head on this year with its new campaign, as it encourages a more considered approach to Christmas consumption.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, the film starts out innocently enough with a typical Christmassy scene of a young boy playing in the snow, soundtracked by festive classic Carol of the Bells.

Things quickly takes a strange turn, however, when the heavens open and a variety of festive foods start to rain down from above – forcing the boy to dive through a giant Swiss cheese and dodge a car-sized tangerine.

The source of the falling food is eventually revealed in a clever twist, complete with a cameo from Ikea’s own range of food containers.

“My goal was to combine a sense of adventure (the tangerine clearly an homage to Indiana Jones’ boulder run) and striking visuals to amplify the public service announcement,” says Naishuller.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to make something fun and enjoyable for the viewer that also has potential to make a little bit of a positive change.”

Agency: Instinct BBDO
Chief Creative Directors: Yaroslav Orlov, Roman Firainer
Associate Creative Director: Antonina Pirogova, Evgeny Golovan
Production Company: Alfa Film
Director: Ilya Naishuller (represented by Great Guns)
Production Designer: Elizaveta Lavinskaya
1st AD: Elena Alasheeva
Graphic Studio: CGF