The Winter Garden's Tale

  • Ukraine
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Valentina Voronina, gardener and tenacious manager of a large conservatory, is fired after forty-five years on the job. Time is winning in its unequal battle with a lack of financing, a decaying building, and the approach of retirement age. The dilapidated conservatory reflects the weakening strength of its distinctive manager and visionary. The conviction that the plants will die if nobody looks after them, is intertwined with the appearance of esoterics and a shaman with a divining rod who discovers a spring of positive energy in front of the building’s entrance. Palm fronds rustle like a silent witness to the melancholic struggle against time and the relentlessness of decay. Another cruel winter is on the horizon.


  • Original Title
    Istoriya Zymovoho sadu
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Simon Mozgovyi
  • Cinematography
    Denis Melnik
  • Editing
    Mykola Bazarkin, Simon Mozgovyi
  • Music
    Roman Grygoriv, Illia Razumeiko, Zhanna Marchinska, Stepan Bebykh, Roman Grygoriv
  • Sound
    Natalia Avramenko, Andrii Nidzelskyi
  • Runtime
    75 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Ukraine
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Ji.hlava IDFF is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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