The visually stunning 2016 documentary The Gardener about horticulturist Frank Cabot’s beautiful Les Quatre Vents estate in Charlevoix, Quebec, is now on tour across Canada. The Canadian documentary by Montréal filmmaker Sébastien Chabot offers an exclusive tour of Les Quatre Vents, a private 20-acre English-style garden that is considered one of the largest and most beautiful private gardens in the world. The garden is only open to the public a few days a year. To see viewing dates in other cities, go to thegardener-movie.com/screenings/.
The 88-minute documentary features beautiful cinematography with its affectionate portrait of Frank Cabot and his extraordinary vision, as well as an intimate tour of the gardens of his summer estate. There are interviews with some of the gardens’ high-profile admirers, including former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson and British garden writers Penelope Hobhouse and Tim Richardson.
The film has been received enthusiastically by festival audiences across North America, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, where it had its World Premiere. The Gardener also recently opened theatrically in Montréal to great success.
“It was a true pleasure to document the beauty of Les Quatre Vents, and the bold vision of Frank Cabot,” says director Sébastien Chabot. “I’ve been elated to see festival audiences respond so enthusiastically to the film, it’s a privilege to offer people the opportunity to experience a stunning place that only a lucky few have had a chance to see.”
Chabot is a veteran of Canada’s TV industry. After starting as a researcher in the early 2000s, he has spent well over a decade directing multiple award-winning series for TVA, Canal D, Historia and Canal Vie, among others. The Gardener is his feature-length film debut.
The film is presented by Les films d’aujourd’hui, a Montreal-based boutique distribution company devoted to releasing the best in independent film from around the globe owned by Roland Smith, a former cinema owner who programmed some of the first repertory movie theatres in Canada.