The Garden (Sommerhäuser)
Wednesday 21 October at 7.30pm *
Sonja Maria Kröner│Germany│2017│97 mins│rating tbc
In Kröner’s debut feature, family dynamics disintegrate at an extended family gathering during a languid 1976 summer. “Suffused with sun-dappled bodies and the hubbub of summer activity, the debut feature by German writer-director Sonja Maria Kröner is an enchanting slow burn. Unfolding in 1970s Bavarian cottage country, The Garden tells the story of an extended family of adults and children gathering to commemorate a deceased matriarch and to laze away their holidays. Though brimming with incident, this is above all a masterfully rendered mood piece about time and family, innocence and hazard. The very day she is laid to rest, Sofia’s favourite tree is struck by lightning… As her children and grandchildren whisper amongst themselves about their property concerns over a game of cards or an afternoon cocktail Sofia’s great-grandchildren frolic in the woods… Somewhere in the vicinity a child murderer is on the loose, yet this terrible threat never quite eclipses other concerns, including long-brewing resentments, new-found childhood rivalries, absent fathers and unexpected flirtations. The Garden is unassuming and utterly transporting. You can feel its warmth – and its creeping sense of impending change. You will leave this film with no doubt that Kröner is a vital new voice in German cinema.” — Kerri Craddock, Toronto International Film Festival
Our screening of The Garden is presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut.
*Casual admission will be possible in exchange for a small donation.