Sundays in the Garden
Spring is approaching, the time of year when garden landscaping begins in earnest. This unique three-film series ranges from documentaries to comedy. Learn secrets of legendary Japanese gardens, eavesdrop on caretakers of a historic estate garden, and see the journey of a gardener turned political insider. From modern to retro cinema, picturesque scenes will have you in awe and moving characters will prove to be much more than gardening hires.
March 12: In a picturesque garden on a grand country estate, an 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees, the orchard, and lush grapevines we’re swept along by their passion, dedication, and knowledge. Fifteen years they have spent working on the pear arbour. Will it finally close over this year? They talk about food, the weather, their craft (which is quickly disappearing), and the changing world around them as the seasons go by. Capturing one year in the life of this historic garden, this intimate documentary is a beautiful, often transcendent viewing experience.
March 19: Renowned for their beauty, Japanese gardens have been retreats for people to rediscover the natural world for more than a thousand years. Dream Window reveals the secrets of both classical and contemporary Japanese gardens, including the legendary Moss Temple of Saiho-ji, Shugaku-in and Katsura Imperial Villas, and Sogetsu Hall. Experience a journey through some of the most exquisite gardens in the world in this rare film.
Preceded by the short Ikebana by Hiroshi Teshigahara, a striking study of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
March 26: “I like to watch.” Hailed as a genius for his simple approach to life, an aging gardener with a childlike naïveté rises, by accident, into the game of politics. In one of his greatest (and last) performances, this masterful film stars Peter Sellers as Chance the gardener, along with a winsome Shirley MacLaine. Last year the Library of Congress selected Being There for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry.