Taming the Garden

About the Film

Synopsis

A powerful man, who is also the former prime minister of Georgia, has developed an exquisite hobby. He collects century old trees along Georgia’s coastline. He commissions his men to uproot them and bring them to his private garden. Some of these trees are as tall as 15-floor-buildings. And in order to transplant a tree of such dimensions some other trees are chopped down, electric cables are shifted and new roads are paved through mandarin plantations.

The film moves the concept of uprooting from its metaphorical meaning into an oppressive, tangible and yet surreal reality.

Director

Director

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 Royal Holloway, 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, Valdivia IDFF, and several other festivals. Her earlier work, 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. 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.

Credits

Directed and Written by

Salomé Jashi

Producers

Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi

Directors of Photography

Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi

Editor

Chris Wright

Sound Design

Philippe Ciompi

Music Supervisor

Celia Stroom

Researcher

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

Financially supported by

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

Technical Details

Format

DCP

Duration

90min

Color

No

Year

2021

Original Language

Georgian

Subtitles

English, German

Country

Switzerland, Germany, Georgia

ISAN

0000-0005-AA30-0000-3-0000-0000-S