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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

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"He plants as an artist paints"

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Calling all green thumbs. While completing a documentary on New York City’s famous elevated garden the High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper tracked down its acclaimed landscape architect, the Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf. The resulting project is Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, a lyrical examination of the designer’s revolutionary work and unique aesthetic theories. From large-scale public projects like the High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park to his private gardens in the Netherlands, Oudolf’s creative process is revealed in gorgeously immersive detail from the ground up. Through intimate conversations and unlikely, far-flung locales, including the post-industrial forests of Pennsylvania and the deserts of West Texas, this meditative film upends conventional notions of nature and public space. Rest assured, this is no garden variety documentary.

Why You Should See This Film

Shrubbery has never looked so good. From herbaceous perennials to windswept grasses, Five Seasons is as poetic in its cinematography as it is pleasurable to watch. Satisfying on sensorial, conceptual and narrative levels, director Thomas Piper incorporates Oudolf’s abstract sketches, ecological concerns and latest projects. The film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new commission at Hauser & Wirth Somerset arts centre in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. You be the judge.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: Unclassified
  • Director: Thomas Piper
  • Cast: Piet Oudolf
  • Duration: 76 minutes
  • Language: English, Dutch
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