Portrait of a Garden
Portret van een tuin
2015, Rosie Stapel, Netherlands, 108 min.
- Fri, Mar 10th 2:00pm
- Sun, Mar 12th 3:00pm
“Continually revealing in its bevy of details…a beautiful, transcendent viewing experience.” — Nick Newman, The Film Stage
The seasons of the orchards and vines of a vast private Dutch estate contribute to a well-seasoned take on life and the art of their work for an 85-year old pruning master and his co-worker. The film charts a contemplative course in following one year in the care and feeding of the fruitful gardens under their care. A past history as a production designer for Peter Greenaway is evident in director Stapel’s eye for the patterns and meticulous order of these cultivated grounds, as the gardeners Jan and Daan experience time as nature’s unhurried story of growth, proliferation, and dormancy, and worry over the fifteen-year progress of their pet project, an intricate pear arbor. A delightful and satisfying must-see for anyone with a love for gardening. In Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Grasshopper Film. DCP digital. (BS)