|23.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5|
|24.02. / Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5|
|27.02. / Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5|
This botanical documentary takes its time hopping between households of various married couples and their gardenscapes in Finland’s lush countryside. The tender appreciation of nature and relationships is made palpable with Garden Lovers’ honest portrayal of life’s stillness and the peculiarities of what it is to be human. Through idiosyncratic glimpses of their daily lives, elderly couples impart wisdom about love and remind us of life’s fickle nature, but don’t be fooled – though it moves at a gentle pace and is cut with introspective silences, film incites a chuckle here and there with unexpected moments of silliness. Set in verdant oases, Garden Lovers is a delicate display of life’s quirky musings and the significance that gardens play in the grand scheme of being.
Virpi Suutari is a Finnish documentary film director and professor of arts. She has been working in the film industry for more than 20 years, during which many of the documentary films she has written and directed have won or been nominated for several awards. She is a member of European Film Academy.
Festivals & Awards:
Tampere Film Festival 2014 – Best Finnish Documentary Over 30 Minutes; Nordisk Panorama 2014; Visions du Réel 2014; Midnight Sun Film Festival 2014; Krakow Film Festival 2014; Doxa Documentary Festival 2014; Hamptons International Film Festival 2014; Seattle International Film Festival
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