A poetic ode to the rivalry between men and nature
July 20, 2021
In the presence of director Salomé Jashi and the team, TAMING THE GARDEN was screened at the Berlinale Summer Special in June. "The fairy tale of the tree-collecting billionaire", as zeitgeschichte online writes about the documentary, met with a positive response from the audience and the press.
«Majestic images of centuries-old trees floating on the sea, like disturbing dreams, take shape before the viewer’s eyes» Cineeuropa. TAMING THE GARDEN illustrates the process of uprooting trees but also of humans and reminds us of the rivalry between man and nature.
The Swiss premiere will take place on 8 August 2021 at 11am at Palexpo (FEVI) at the Locarno Film Festival. We are pleased that Salomé Jashi will be present here as well.
February 10, 2021
After TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi recently celebrated it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, we are thrilled that the European premiere will be at Berlinale Forum. Later in March the film will be in competition at Cinéma du réel/Paris.
From 1 to 5 March, film professionals and accredited representatives of the press can participate all Berlinale events online. The Summer Special of the Berlinale will give the general public the opportunity to see the majority of the selected films in Berlin cinemas from 9 to 20 June.
Cinéma du réel has opted for an online version of the festival and will take place from 12 to 21 March. You can watch TAMING THE GARDEN on CANALRÉEL.
February 03, 2021
Film critic Kenneth Turan talked to NPR (National Public Radio) about his favourite films at this year's Sundance Film Festival. And guess what: TAMING THE GARDEN is one of them. «...the film I think that stayed with me the longest is something called Taming The Garden» he said.
Many press releases about TAMING THE GARDEN often praise the stunning shots that tell a story that is both fascinating and depressing. Modern Times, for example, wrote: «Through a series of painterly images, the award-winning director (…) takes us on a fairytale-like journey to the Georgian coast.» and Screendaily pointed out, «Jashi lets the images and the Georgian people speak for themselves.»
The questionable practice of a powerful man in Georgia uprooting centuries-old trees to transplant them into his garden is summed up by In Review as follows: «Left largely implied in-film, but lingering in impression long after, is the notion of a fabulously wealthy elite literally reconstructing the world according to their personal taste while the rest of us deal with the scars of their whims.»
TAMING THE GARDEN is an impressive film whose journey will continue.
December 15, 2020
We are more than happy to announce that we are premiering TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi at Sundance Film Festival -World Cinema Documentary Competition!
Festival dates are January 28 - February 3. Tickets on sale, January 7.
The journey starts here!
«I wanted to explore what was behind this mesmerizingly strange image.»
Directed and Written by
Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi
Directors of Photography
Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi
Hercli Bundi, Susanne Guggenberger, Ümit Uludag, Anna Dziapshipa
A Coproduction of
Mira Film, CORSO Film, Sakdoc Film with the financial supported of Federal Office for Culture Switzerland (FOC), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst BS / BL, Georgian National Film Center, IDFA Bertha Fund, Succès Passage Antenne, SRG SSR