The Gardener

The Gardener

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The Gardener (2013)

Opened: 08/02/2013 Limited

Music Hall 308/02/2013 - 08/08/20137 days
Quad Cinema/NY08/09/2013 - 08/15/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


The Gardener is a poetic film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that they don't know much about due to its taboo status in the country of both the filmmakers' and the faith's birth -- Iran.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf follows a gardener who works at the Baha'i gardens to understand who he is and why he is there. Meanwhile his son Maysam rejects the concept of religion all together and goes out to Jerusalem where he comes across the sacred sites of Jews and Christians where he finds many similarities with the Islamic society he grew up in.

The film questions the necessity of religious philosophy in this day and age and raises many questions from both angles through the two opposing characters. Throughout the film, questions are only asked, but no specific answers are given. It is left to the audience to think, reflect, search and find a satisfying and personal answer for themselves.

The Gardener follows the similar stylistic and thematic techniques included in Gabbeh (Iran, 1996) and Sokoot (Tajikistan, 1998).

About the Filmmakers

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a multi-award winning Iranian filmmaker who is a major figure of today's World Cinema. His previous film Kandahar is included among Time magazine's '100 Best Movies of All Time'. Films by the Makhmalbaf family have been screened in over 50 countries and have had more than 2000 screenings at festivals all over the world, taking some 110 international awards from prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin and alike.

Maysam Makhmalbaf has been active in film industry as a Still photographer, Cinematographer, Editor and Producer. One of the recent features he produced Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame has won more than 17 international awards including the Chrystal Bear from Berlin Film Festival, Grand Jury Award from San Sebastian and has been nominated for the Best Asian Film Award from Hong Kong Film Festival.

Paul Collier is a UK-based independent musician whose music is sought after by many projects and has some 56-million+ views on Youtube. His score for The Gardener is as mesmerizing as the film itself.