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Paired Pear: Grasshopper Film Harvest “Portrait of a Garden”

We’re currently in the winter thaw, and Grasshopper Film’s Ryan Krivoshey is thinking beyond tulip season landing the Berlin Film Fest preemed Rosie Stapel docu Portrait of a Garden.  The docu will open theatrically this fall.

Gist: In a picturesque garden on a grand country estate, two long-time friends, an 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener, tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees, the orchard and lush grapevines, they talk about food, the weather, their craft (which is quickly disappearing) and the changing world around them. For fifteen years, they’ve been working on the pear arbor. But will it finally come together this year?

Worth Noting: While this docu is Stapel’s directing debut, her previous creds include Art Department cred for Girl with a Pearl Earring and Art Director for Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius and the Pelican Company.

Do We Care?: Krivoshey’s eclectic taste buds and proven track record means that we’ll likely find plenty to admire and want to bite into in this Dutch garden.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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