Scarecrow

  • 72'
  • Russia
  • 2020

A female healer lives in the vast, snowy expanse of the Sakha Republic in Russia. She is ostracised by the local population, but when push comes to shove they avail themselves of her supernatural powers. Sakha director Dmitry Davydov, a rising star internationally, has built an intriguing drama with horror genre elements on the basis of this icy story about a social outcast.

Scarecrow is one of the strongest, recent examples of the flourishing Sakha cinema, where local makers stray beyond the confines of Russian cinema, creating their own cinematic identity. Like many other Sakha makers, Davydov is a self-taught director who combines serious drama with genre elements, Sakha folklore and landscapes. This results in a lasting, moving effect: the disturbing scene, shot in one long take, in which the troubled lead takes great gulps from a vodka bottle whilst crying, haunts audiences for quite some time.

Director
Dmitry Davydov
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Russia
Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
72'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Pugalo
Language
Yakut
Producer
Dmitry Davydov
Production Company
Bonfire Production
Sales
REASON8 Films
Screenplay
Dmitry Davydov
Cinematography
Ivan Semenov
Editor
Stepan Burnashev
Production Design
Tamara Ivanova
Sound Design
Sergey Yarmonov
Music
Sergey Yarmonov
Cast
Valentina Romanova, Anatoly Struchkov, Arthur Zakharov