Land of Scarecrows is a visual poem, sentimental and personal, wich describes the lives of three characters each pursuing their dream and whose lives interwine accidentally
director Roh Gyeong-tae
Another impressive film was The Land of Scarecrows by Korean director Roh Gyeong-tae that deals with subjects of gender, sexuality, individual and national identity, and the growing irreversible consequence of pollution on human life with haunting affect. The film, adjudged best by the Ana Karina-headed main jury of the festival, takes rather an unusual approach to unfold the trauma, dilemma.
For a jaded filmgoer and film festivalgoer like me, surprises can often be few and far between. Whether it is the latest Hollywood super-spectacle or the most obscure, experimental art film, most films nowadays are variations on the familiar and endlessly overdone.Land of Scarecrows" melds humor, melancholy, and an ethereal sense of spirituality in a way that elevates it far.
by Christopher Bourne