International Competition

Garden Lovers

Virpi Suutari

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Screening time  
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  
A delicate display of life’s quirky musings and the significance that gardens play in the grand scheme of being.

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.

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Virpi Suutari

Virpi Suutari is a writer and a director, whose works typically explore the boundary between fact and fiction. Suutari’s work includes the documentaries Auf Wiedersehen Finnland (2010), Hilton! (2013) and Garden Lovers (2014). Suutari’s films have won awards and been screened at several international film festivals. Virpi Suutari's work has been screened in retrospectives and she has served as a member of a Jury in many festivals. Suutari is a member of European Film Academy and has received a five-year tenure as honorary arts professor (2012–2016).
 

Eedenistä Pohjoiseen

Finland
2014, 73'

Directed by:
Virpi Suutari

Cinematography:
Heikki Färm

Edited by:
Jussi Rautaniemi

Music:
Sanna Salmenkallio

Producer:
Ulla Simonen

Produced by:
MADE

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