Five Seasons:
The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

http://fiveseasonsmovie.com/
Directed by Thomas Piper
US, 2018, 75 min, in English and Dutch with English subtitles

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively."
- Landscape Architecture Magazine



UPCOMING SCREENINGS 

 

Cobourg, ON, Canada
June 5,8,10, 21, 2018
The Loft Cinema

New York, NY
June 13-28, 2018
*Director Tom Piper and Piet Oudolf in person June 13 @ 5:30, 7, 7:30pm

Seattle, WA
June 15-21, 2018
Northwest Film Forum

Chicago, IL
June 15-19, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person June 15

North Waterloo, ON, Canada
June 15-21, 2018
Princess Cinemas

Victoria, BC, Canada
June 15-21, 2018
The Vic Theatre

Vancouver, Canada
June 16, 2018
Vancity Theatre

Bellingham, WA
June 28, 2018
Pickford Film Center

Hartford, CT
June 29-July 5, 2018
Real Art Ways

San Francisco, CA
June 29-July 1, 2018
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Berkeley, CA
June 29-July 5, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person July 1 @ 2:10pm
 
Sebastopol, CA
June 29-July 5, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person July 1 @ 6:30pm
 
San Rafael, CA
June 29-July 5, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person June 30
 
Los Angeles, CA
June 29-July 5, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person June 29 @ 5:10pm & 7:30pm

Pasadena, CA
June 29-July 5, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7

Camas, WA
June 29-July 5, 2018
Liberty Theatre

St.Helena, CA
July 2, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person @ 7:45pm
 
Guelph, ON, Canada
July 7-11, 2018
Bookshelf Cinema

Santa Fe, NM
July 13-19 2018
Violet Crown - Santa Fe

Hudson, NY
July 15-22, 26-28 & August 3-6, 2018
Time and Space Limited

Cary, NC
July 19, 20, 26, 29 2018
The Cary Theater

Lambertville, NJ
July 20, 2018*
*Director Tom Piper in person 

Portland, ME
July 20-22 2018
Portland Museum of Art

Overland Park, KS
July 22, 2018
Glenwood Arts

Boylstown, MA
August 11, 2018
Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Cleveland, OH
August 17, 2018
Cleveland Museum of Art

Fishers Island, NY
August 19, 2018
Fishers Island Theatre

Winchester, CA
September 3 & 12, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester

PAST SCREENINGS 

Washington, DC
March 17 & 21, 2018
Environmental Film Festival in The Nation's Capital

Philadelphia, PA
April 7, 2018
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 

Princeton, NJ
April 9, 2018
Princeton Environmental Film Festival 

Greenwich, CT
April 9, 2018
Greenwich Library

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Canada
April 19, 2018
Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque

Portland, OR
April 22, 2018
Portland Ecofilm Festival

Salt Lake City, UT
April 24, 2018
Utah Film Center

Austin, TX
April 25, 2018
The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

Millerton, NY
April 28, 2018
The Moviehouse

Columbus, OH
April 26-May 4, 2018
Gateway Film Center

Louisville, KY
May 18-20, 2018
Speed Art Museum

Dallas, TX
May 18, 2018
Dallas Museum of Art

Millerton, NY
May 20, 2018
The Moviehouse

Vancouver, Canada
May 18-21, 30, 31, 2018
Vancity Theatre

Toronto, ON
May 25, 27, 28, 31, June 1-7, 2018
Hot Docs Cinema

Fort Collins, CO
June 12, 2018
Lyric Cinema

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

LONG SYNOPSIS

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 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 fours 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 what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons reveals all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

TRAILER

REVIEWS

"Gorgeous."
Village Voice

"Elegaic."
Washington Post

"Gorgeous, meditative."
The Georgia Straight

"Horticulturalists and all plant lovers will be mesmerized..."
Film Journal International

"An elegant, poignant, and unprecedented glimpse into the 73-year-old designer’s world and thoughts."
Gardenista

"Beautifully composed."
This Week in NY

"Should delight and inspire anyone currently chomping at the bit to update their own gardens.."
The Gate Magazine

" An inspiring sensory immersion."
Hollywood Reporter

"There is amazing beauty in it and in its creation; beauty that you may not see unless you stop for a moment to really look for it."
The Impatient Gardener

"This movie unveils the intricate planning, and numerous collaborations, that are required to create a self-involving-and somewhat ephemeral-art work."
Medium

"You load yourself up with beauty and you are transformed in your work."
Spirituality and Practice

"Five Seasons a visually enjoyable visit to some of the amazing gardens Oudolf has designed.."
Screen Fish

"Beautiful."
The Stranger

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively."
 Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Magical."
Melbourne Age

"Pure delight."
The Planthunter

"Some kind of magic."
Radio New Zealand

INTERVIEWS & MEDIA

The Detroit News

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