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Garden Lovers

Eedenistä Pohjoiseen

An elderly married couple have an expansive garden in Finland. As we are given a tour of the grounds we also hear the touching memories and stories behind their beautiful romance. 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.

Schedule
May 17, 2014
Saturday
11:00 AM Lincoln Square Cinemas Date has passed
June 5, 2014
Thursday
6:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 8, 2014
Sunday
4:15 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed

This beautifully sweet 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, Garden Lovers incites a chuckle here and there with unexpected moments of silliness. A younger couple is introduced, from birds-eye view, streaking through their garden and wearing what can only be described as white Smurf hats. In another garden, an elderly couple measures pumpkins they’re growing for the ‘largest pumpkin’ competition; pumpkins the wife has lovingly named Plumpy, Chubby, and Cherish. 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.

Director Biography

Virpi Suutari is a film director and documentarian whose films have been seen and awarded in many festivals. Suutari has also been a member of several festival juries and is also on the board at the European Film Academy.

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Director: Virpi Suutari
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Country: Finland
Year: 2014
Running Time: 72 minutes
Producer: Ulla Simonen
Screenplay: Virpi Suutari
Cinematographers: Heikki Färm
Editors: Jussi Rautaniemi
Music: Sanna Salmenkallio
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Tampere Film Festival 2014 (Best Finnish Doc)
Filmography: Hilton! (Doc, 2013); Auf Wiedersehen Finnland (Doc, 2010); Along the Road Little Child (Doc, 2005); Joutilaat (Doc, 2001); Valkoinen Taivas (Doc, 1998)
Language: Finnish
Subtitles: Yes
Format: BluRay
International Sales: Autlook Filmsales
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