Taming the Garden

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A poetic ode to the rivalry between men and nature

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April 03, 2023


TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi will be shown at ARTE on April 3, 2023 at 11.35 pm.

A powerful Georgian man collects century old trees. In order to plant them in his private garden, electric cables are diverted and new streets build. The documentary film shows the rivalry between human and nature.

September 15, 2022


Our two documentaries TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi and AMOR FATI by Claudia Varejão can now be found online on the following platforms: Vinca-Cinema, Vinca Vimeo, Myfilm, Apple TV, Filmingo, Sunrise

TAMING THE GARDEN tells the story of centuries-old trees that an influential man collects for his private park. Director Salomé Jashi accompanies this bizarre as well as harrowing process, making uprooting tangible in its very real as well as metaphorical meaning.

In AMOR FATI, director Claudia Varejão searches for parts that complement each other: They are portraits of couples, friends, families, animals and their owners.

January 04, 2022

Cinema release of TAMING THE GARDEN in French-speaking Switzerland

TAMING THE GARDEN will be released on 5th of January 2022 in cinemas in French-speaking Switzerland under the French title LA BALADE DES GRANDS ARBRES.

An exclusive film premiere will take place on 5th of January at 8pm both online and live at the CityClub cinema in Pully and at the Cinéma Rex in Fribourg. All screenings are listed here. In addition, the film is showing in E-Cinema throughout Switzerland.

December 17, 2021

TAMING THE GARDEN currently in cinemas!

The expressive film TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi can currently be enjoyed on the big screen. The film is showing in various cinemas in German-speaking Switzerland. Those who prefer to stay at home can also watch the film in e-cinema.

«A spectacular cinematic experience.» – Film Fest Report

December 02, 2021

TAMING THE GARDEN in Swiss cinemas

TAMING THE GARDEN has been shown at over 100 festivals, has won several awards and is currently nominated for the European Film Award. The film will be released in cinemas in German-speaking Switzerland on 9th of December 2021 and in French-speaking Switzerland on 5th of January 2022. The film will also be available in E-cinema.

This weekend we will be holding several previews in the presence of the director:

Zurich, 4 December 2021, Kosmos, 6.00 p.m.

Basel, 5 December 2021, kult.kino, 11.30 a.m.

Winterthur, 5 December 2021, Cameo, 7.00 p.m.

Bern, 6 December 2021, Rex, 8.00 p.m.

«A quiet, beautiful piece of nonfiction poetry.» – Variety.

November 09, 2021

TAMING THE GARDEN is nominated for the European Film Award

We are very happy to announce that TAMING THE GARDEN by director Salomé Jashi has been nominated for the European Film Award in the category European Documentary. The members of the European Film Academy will vote on the winners in the coming weeks. The European Film Awards ceremony is taking place on 11th December in Berlin.

«A spectacular cinematic experience.» Film Fest Report

TAMING THE GARDEN has been invited to over a hundred festivals worldwide, won 14 awards and will be released in Swiss cinemas on 9th of December. Previews in the presence of the director will take place in several cities on 4th, 5th and 6th of December. The exact dates can be found here.

July 20, 2021

TAMING THE GARDEN at the Locarno Film Festival

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

TAMING THE GARDEN at Berlinale Forum and Cinéma du réel

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

TAMING THE GARDEN Press Reviews @ Sundance Film Festival

TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival on 31 January 2021 and has garnered very positive reviews so far.

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

TAMING THE GARDEN premiers at Sundance Film Festival

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!

#Sundance will be different this year with online screenings via www.festival.sundance.org and Satellite Screens across the country.

Festival dates are January 28 - February 3. Tickets on sale, January 7.

The journey starts here!

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Director's Note

«I wanted to explore what was behind this mesmerizingly strange image.»

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Directed and Written by

Salomé Jashi


Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi

Directors of Photography

Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi


Chris Wright

Sound Design

Philippe Ciompi

Music Supervisor

Celia Stroom


Tamara Mshvenieradze

Line Producer

Pascal Moor

Associate Producers

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