Director Rainer Sarnet
Starring Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi
It’s a folk tale too odd to begin with “once upon a time,” and far too peculiar to end with “happily ever after.” And yet in this surpassingly strange film, kratts – enchanted scarecrowish bundles of sticks and garden tools – stalk the Estonian landscape doing the nefarious bidding of their peasant masters, against the backdrop of a love story between Liina and Hans. She is desperate to marry him, but the path of true love doesn’t run smoothly for Liina. Or for Hans.
“A gorgeously shot, deeply strange, hugely atmospheric black – and – white trip through a tale of magic and mal ice in folkloric rural Estonia” – Variety