Taming the Garden
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    Taming the Garden

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Germany, Georgia

    2021

    92 min

    • Georgian

    Documentary

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    A powerful man, who is also the former prime minister of Georgia, has developed an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-floor buildings, and has them excavated along the Georgian coastline to collect them for his private garden. In order to transplant trees of such dimensions, the landscape surrounding them is ripped apart and the people living around them are forced to adapt to the disruption. As the film follows this process, it portrays the needs and values of today’s Georgian society and reflects on the theme of forced migration, where "uprooting" is more than a metaphor.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Salomé Jashi
    Cinematography
    Goga Devdariani
    Salomé Jashi
    Editing
    Chris Wright
    Music
    Philippe Ciompi
    Celia Stroom
    Sales
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    Production
    MIRA FILM
    Production
    CORSO FILMS
    Production
    SAKDOC FILM

    Press

    A film where the offbeat subject matter and striking imagery make an entrancing combination.

    Screen Daily

    Salomé Jashi

    Salomé Jashi

    Georgia

    To me, documentary cinema is a mixture of reality and the director's vision, where the film form is an added layer to the content.

    Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She first studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005 she was awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at University of London. Salomé’s THE DAZZLING LIGHT OF SUNSET (2016) was awarded the Main Prize at Visions du Réel’s Regard Neuf Competition as well as at ZagrebDox, Jihlava IDFF and Valdivia IDFF. Her previous film BAKHMARO (2011), made in co-production with ma.ja. de. filmproduktion and MDR/Arte, received an Honorary Mention for a Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig, was awarded as the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary at Jihlava IDFF, and was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Silver Eye Awards. Her most recent film is TAMING THE GARDEN (2021), which had its world premiere at Sundance FF.

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