Garden of Death

Short film, duration: 20′, 2013

Garden of death, film caption


An eight year old girl spends a day at the cemetary, taking care of the “Garden of Death”. The film combines the methods and aesthetics of a documentary film with a fictional, dreamlike vision of a child working as a gardener at the cemetary, dealing with the issue of mortality. The cinematography of the film makes references to landscape painting, yet it is based on observing the work carried out within this scenery.

Credit list:

Directing & script: Marja Viitahuhta
Cast: Dunja Saiyar and the employees of the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki
Cinematography: Marko Luukkonen
Editing: Azar Saiyar and Marja Viitahuhta
Sound Design: Tuukka Haapakorpi
Production: Marja Viitahuhta
Production supported by: AVEK (Elena Näsänen), TAIKE Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Kone Foundation

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