Taming the Garden

Taming the Garden

Switzerland/ Georgia/ Germany

2021

92 min

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Switzerland/ Georgia/ Germany

2021

92 min

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A powerful and anonymous man has developed an unusual hobby. He buys centuries-old trees, some as tall as 15-storey buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated for installation in 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.

A powerful and anonymous man has developed an unusual hobby. He buys centuries-old trees, some as tall as 15-storey buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated for installation in 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.

Original Language

Georgian/ Mingrelian

Direction

Salomé Jashi

Camera

Goga Devdariani/ Salomé Jashi

Editing

Chris Wright

Script

Salomé Jashi

Producer

Vadim Jendreyko/ Erik Winker/ Martin Roelly/ Salomé Jashi

Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years before being awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2005. 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, Valdivia IDFF, and several other festivals. An earlier work, Bakhmaro (2011), co-produced with ma.ja.de. filmproduktion and MDR/Arte, received an Honorary Mention for Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig, won Best Central and Eastern European Documentary at Jihlava IDFF, and was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Silver Eye Awards. Salomé is the founder of two production companies: Sakdoc Film and Microcosmos, both producing documentaries and fiction of high artistic quality. She was a fellow of Nipkow Scholarship in 2017 and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020.

Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years before being awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2005. 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, Valdivia IDFF, and several other festivals. An earlier work, Bakhmaro (2011), co-produced with ma.ja.de. filmproduktion and MDR/Arte, received an Honorary Mention for Young Documentary Talent at DOK Leipzig, won Best Central and Eastern European Documentary at Jihlava IDFF, and was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Silver Eye Awards. Salomé is the founder of two production companies: Sakdoc Film and Microcosmos, both producing documentaries and fiction of high artistic quality. She was a fellow of Nipkow Scholarship in 2017 and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020.

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