A garden-centre employee battles with feelings of shame, fear and emasculation as the thought of being infertile starts taking a hold of his life.
Botanica premiered at the 2017 edition of Nederlands Film Festival, and is currently in festival circuit with its fresh perspective on a subject that’s often seen as taboo.
“I wanted to discuss this theme and somehow play with the absurdity of it all. It started with the perhaps most iconic symbol of fertility and re-production; the garden of Eden and Adam and Eve. It’s a scene familiar to most, and I set the location of the film in a garden center to unconsciously draw on this association. It’s quite a powerful thought – what if Adam wouldn’t be able to produce healthy sperm?”. More from Noël in Let it Grow Journal.