Archive of films Black Stone / Black Stone

South Korea / France
2015, 92 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2015

X deserts from the army and sets out to find his father, who has left civilisation behind in order to live in the jungle. This film meditation on the return to inner cleanliness is the final part of a trilogy by a Korean filmmaker looking to the legacy of Robert Bresson and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


Twenty-year-old X leaves his home in the industrial district of Guro and enters military service. He deserts from the army and sets out to look for his father, who decided in the meantime to return to his native Philippines. The final part of Roh’s trilogy on environmental pollution is a brooding meditation on the breakdown of capitalism, the fatigue of materialistic civilisation, and the nostalgic desire for lost harmony and primary religious experience. The South Korean filmmaker, strongly influenced by Robert Bresson, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Lisandro Alonso, sought a simple depiction of everyday life. His predominantly muted expression then gives way to disturbing images of a city contaminated with litter, animal carcasses being processed at a meat-packing plant, and the damage to the shoreline after an oil spill. Longed-for redemption lies somewhere deep in the jungle.… The film was premiered at this year’s Rotterdam IFF.

Jan Křipač

About the director

Roh Gyeong-tae

Roh Gyeong-tae (b. 1972, South Korea) studied at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and worked as a stockbroker for Samsung Securities. He later studied film at Columbia College in Chicago and experimental filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2004 he established Teddy Bear Films, where he made the shorts Father and Son (2005) and Reincarnation (2005), awarded at several foreign festivals. His feature debut The Last Dining Table (Majimak babsang, 2006) won the NETPAC Award at the Busan IFF. His next film Land of Scarecrows (Heosuabideuleui ddang, 2008) appeared on the programmes of Cannes (ACID) and Berlin (Forum). His third film Black Dove (Ggeom-eun gal-mae-gi, 2011) was screened at Rotterdam and Busan.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Roh Gyeong-tae
Screenplay: Roh Gyeong-tae 
Dir. of Photography: Cho Young Sang
Music: Jaesin Lee, Cetusss, Olivier Alary
Editor: Choi Hyun-Sook
Art Director: Lim Chang Joo
Producer: Roh Gyeong-tae, Antonin Dedet
Production: Teddy Bear Films
Coproduction: Neon Productions
Cast: Won Tae-Hee
Sales: Outplay Films

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