Garden Lovers

Eedenistä pohjoiseen

24th TDF: Greek Premiere

The film peeks behind the pretty facades of middle-class life, as the protagonists tell their stories about relationships, love, and disappointment. The scenes of action are their gardens, which offer an unorthodox point of view to the hopes and anxieties people have in our society. After all, the garden contains the many ways in which life can flourish: it gives strength and unity, but it also becomes a place of farewells. A declaration of love to beauty and the healing power of nature, with beautiful and magical pictures flowing into relationships, conflicts, and joys.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Virpi Suutari
Script: Virpi Suutari
Cinematography: Heikki Färm
Editing: Jussi Rautaniemi
Sound: Olli Huhtanen
Music: Sanna Salmenkallio
Production: MADE
Producers: Ulla Simonen
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Finland
Production Year: 2014
Duration: 73΄
Contact: Autlook Filmsales
Awards/Distinctions: Best Documentary Film Award, Best Music Award – Jussi Awards 2014, Documentary Special Jury Award to Virpi Suutari – Seattle International Film Festival 2014, Special Mention (International Competition) – ZagrebDox 2015

Virpi Suutari

Virpi Suutari is an awarded filmmaker, known for her personal cinematic style and emotional narratives. Her documentary The Idle Ones (2002) was nominated for the EFA prize and won several awards as the Best Nordic Documentary. Her work has been screened in numerous international film festivals, also in the form of a retrospective, and has been distributed all over the world. Virpi Suutari is a member of the European Film Academy and she has served as a jury member in many festivals.


2001 The Idle Ones
2005 Along the Road Little Child
2010 Auf Wiedersehen Finnland
2013 Hilton!
2014 Garden Lovers
2016 Elegance (short)
2018 Entrepreneur
2020 Aalto
2021 A People’s Radio – Ballads from a Wooded Country (short)