Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018)


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Argot Pictures is proud to present the US theatrical release of FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, a documentary film by Thomas Piper. This award-winning film will open at IFC Center in New York on Wednesday, June 13, and at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles on Friday, June 29. Other cities will follow. After completing a feature documentary on New York's High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born - FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. The documentary immerses viewers in Oudolf's work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions take place through all four seasons in Piet's own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, "your work teaches us to see what we have been unable to see." Through poetic cinematography and unique access, FIVE SEASONS will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.


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Oudolf mentions in passing that his goal has been to create landscapes "you would dream of, but would never find" in nature, and from what we see in this movie, that's just what he's done.

Jul 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Five Seasons" reveals gardens you'd look forward to getting lost in, gardens that brilliantly use the interplay of form and color to do wonderful things to your soul.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Like Oudolf, the filmmaker sees the plants first, always, without denying the people or the other built environments around them.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Though it's not entirely satisfying, Piper's film is a welcome reminder of the power of seeing directly, rather than through the mediating layer of our ever-present screens.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Although it clocks in at just under 75 minutes, Piper's film is unrushed and chock-full of spark and life, much like the gardens Piper spotlights.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Thomas Piper, whose credits include another documentary that deals with the High Line and a film about the artist Sol LeWitt, never finds a way to convey the excitement of his subject's innovations.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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