Twice Upon a Garden
l était deux fois un jardin / Twice upon a garden is an essay on the art in nature and the nature of art.Filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq followed the gardens for two years, capturing their beauty over all four seasons and observing the artisans of the gardens and designers of the International Garden Festival  as they toil to bring the gardens to life. 

Using evocative archival footage, Philippe Baylaucq gives life to Elsie Reford and her work to transform the forests and fields at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula into a gardener’s paradise. Marc Gadoury’s sensitive cinematography shows the story of Alexander Reford and his great grandmother who in their own ways and times have shaped the gardens. The film sways between images of the historic gardens and footage of the contemporary installations of the International Garden Festival. The serenity of the gardens contrasts with the frenzy surrounding the creation of the Festival. The 52 minute documentary illustrates how the art of the gardens can be expressed differently.

English and French versions included

DVD extras: Garden photos by Louise Tanguay and archival photos of Elsie Reford

Philippe Baylaucq

Philippe Baylaucq
Donna Nebenzahl

Garry Beitel
Barry Lazar

Les Productions Beitel Lazar

reFrame Films

Canada/2009/Beta/colour, b&w/52 min/French

$ 19.95
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