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.

Salomé Jashi's statement on Taming the Garden:

"There are many things I would like to say with this movie – maybe a few too many, in fact. None of them are straight up in your face. It’s entirely up to the viewers to uncover these layers – they can uncover as much as they want, as much as they see fit, coming from their own perspective and experience. To me, this film is like the experience of hiking in nature. Maybe you hear a howl in the distance for a moment or notice the grass swaying oddly in the gentle breeze, or you feel a sudden gust of cold air on your sweaty neck. At times, these moments evoke visceral feelings, and at other times, they are pure facts. In this way, the film becomes an individual experience."

Awards

Docudays UA - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2021

Main Prize

CineFest Miskolc

Winner of the CineDocs Film Competition

Cinetekton

Best Feature Documentary

CinéDOC Tbilisi

Special Jury Mention

Cinéma du Réel - festival international du film documentaire 2021

Mention Spéciale (Prix du Jury des Jeunes)

FICMEC - Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias 2021

Best Feature Documentary

FICUNAM - Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM 2021

Best Feature Film

Golden Apricot International Film Festival

FIPRESCI Award of the Regional Panorama

Festival Interférences

Jury Award

Film Art Festival Mecklenburg-Pomerania

Best Documentary

Umeå European Film Festival

Film Prize "Rödspoven"

IFF Message to Man

Best Documentary

International Filmfestival ELBE DOCK

Special Mention

Visioni dal Mondo

International Jury Special Mention

Majordocs

Special Jury Award for Artistic Achievement

Qara Film Festival

Special Jury Prize

Tacoma Film Festival

Best Cinematography

Tbilisi International Film Festival

Best Documentary

Underhill Fest

Best Film in International Competition

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

91min

Color

No

Year

2021

Original Language

Georgian

Subtitles

English, German

Country

Switzerland, Germany, Georgia

ISAN

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