About the movie
Gregor Mendel (1822 – 1884), a Catholic priest who lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the 19th century, is widely acknowledged as the father of modern genetics. The Gardener of God describes his struggle to change the fiscal policy applied to the monasteries in his country, while documenting his quest to enlighten the world about his monumental discovery. It also tells the story of Mendel’s extraordinary friendship with the princess Hanna von Limburg, who is instrumental in spreading word of the priest’s work on a global scale. She is also on hand to provide spiritual guidance to Erica von Baumann, a woman with misguided intentions who becomes physically drawn to Mendel.
Mendel was the very definition of a “good priest”: a thoughtful and charitable man of respectable values and decisive action. He is also known for his close and enduring relationship with Pope Pius IX, who was deeply inspired by Mendel’s contribution to science, as reflected in his words: "Father Mendel, your discovery will survive you and it will survive all of us".