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Taming the Garden

A film by Salomé Jashi

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.

«Not just because the images are breathtaking. It lays out a complicated argument about ecology, economics, compromise, class, and humanity’s need to conquer and/or “tame” nature without resorting to an attack via polemics.»
David Fear, Rolling Stone Magazine

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  • 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
    FormatDCP
    Duration91 min
    Year2021
    Original LanguageGeorgian
    SubtitlesEnglish, German
    CountrySwitzerland, Germany, Georgia
    ISAN0000-0005-AA30-0000-3-0000-0000-S
  • Festivals

    Filmer le Travail Film Festival

    February 04, 2022 - February 13, 2022

    Trieste Film Festival

    January 21, 2022 - January 30, 2022

    Solothurner Filmtage

    January 19, 2022 - January 06, 2022

    Recontres des Films Femmes Méditerranée

    December 24, 2021 - November 30, 2021

    Docs in Exile Film Festival

    December 15, 2021 - December 19, 2022

    Camera Obscura

    December 10, 2021 - December 12, 2021

    Kathmandu International Mountain Flim Festival

    December 09, 2021 - November 13, 2021

    Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico City

    December 06, 2021 - December 15, 2021

    Tbilisi International Film Festival

    December 05, 2021 - December 12, 2021

    Zurich Human Rights Film Festival

    December 02, 2021 - December 07, 2021

    Pravo Ljudski Film Festival

    December 01, 2021 - December 17, 2021

    Muestra de Cine da Lanzarote

    November 25, 2021 - December 05, 2021

    Umeå European Film Festival

    November 24, 2021 - November 28, 2021

    Ecocup Green Documentary Film Festival

    November 19, 2021 - November 28, 2021

    IDFA

    November 17, 2021 - November 28, 2021

    Panorama of the European Film

    November 17, 2021 - November 27, 2021

    International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam

    November 17, 2021 - November 28, 2021

    Terravia Film Festival

    November 16, 2021 - November 20, 2021

    Kasseler DocFest

    November 16, 2021 - November 21, 2021

    Cork International Film Festival

    November 13, 2021 - November 21, 2021

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

    November 12, 2021 - November 28, 2021

    ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Films of Bilbao

    November 12, 2021 - November 19, 2021

    Cámara Lúcida Festival, Ecuador

    November 11, 2021 - November 19, 2021

    Duisburger Filmwoche

    November 10, 2021 - November 14, 2021

    Festival Interférences, Lyon

    November 10, 2021 - November 21, 2021

    Montreal International Documentary Festival

    November 10, 2021 - November 21, 2021

    VERZIO – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest

    November 09, 2021 - November 21, 2021

    Cork International Film Festival

    November 05, 2021 - November 21, 2021

    Glimmerglass Film Days: Rise

    November 04, 2021 - November 11, 2021

    Sydney Film Festival

    November 03, 2021 - November 29, 2021

    DokuBaku International Film Festival

    November 03, 2021 - November 07, 2021

    International Film Festival Message to Man, Saint Petersburg

    October 29, 2021 - November 04, 2021

    CINETEKTON! Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura, Puebla

    October 26, 2021 - November 26, 2021

    West Lake International Documentary Festival, Hangzhou

    October 22, 2021 - October 25, 2021

    Bergen International Film Festival

    October 20, 2021 - October 28, 2021

    Festival Protesta, Barcelona

    October 15, 2021 - October 24, 2021

    Festival Image de Ville, Marseille

    October 14, 2021 - October 24, 2021

    Film Festival Human Rights Lugano

    October 13, 2021 - October 17, 2021

    Cormorán Film Fest, A Coruña

    October 11, 2021 - October 17, 2021

    Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia

    October 11, 2021 - October 17, 2021

    Vermont International Film Festival

    October 08, 2021 - October 17, 2021

    Tacoma Film Festival

    October 07, 2021 - October 14, 2021

    Majordocs, Palma

    October 05, 2021 - October 09, 2021

    Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Yerevan

    October 03, 2021 - October 10, 2021

    Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata Festi-Freak

    October 01, 2021 - October 17, 2021

    CinemAmbiente — Environmental Film Festival

    October 01, 2021 - October 06, 2021

    VIFF – Vancouver International Film Festival

    October 01, 2021 - October 10, 2021

    Qara Film Festival

    September 30, 2021 - October 09, 2021

    RIFF – Reykjavik International Film Festival

    September 30, 2021 - October 10, 2021

    Filmfest Sundsvall

    September 29, 2021 - October 10, 2021

    International Film Festival ELBE DOCK

    September 28, 2021 - October 03, 2021

    Lunenburg Doc Fest

    September 23, 2021 - September 29, 2021

    Underhill Fest

    September 22, 2021 - September 30, 2021

    Visioni dal Mondo

    September 16, 2021 - September 19, 2021

    Cinemed – Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier

    September 15, 2021 - October 23, 2021

    dokKa, Karlsruhe

    September 14, 2021 - September 19, 2021

    BIAFF – Batumi International Art House Film Festival

    September 13, 2021 - September 20, 2021

    CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival

    September 10, 2021 - September 18, 2021

    Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival

    September 09, 2021 - September 16, 2021

    Open City Documentary Festival, London

    September 08, 2021 - September 14, 2021

    Astra Film Festival, Sibiu

    September 06, 2021 - September 12, 2021

    FilmArtFestival Mecklenburg-Pomerania

    August 31, 2021 - September 05, 2021

    Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

    August 23, 2021 - August 29, 2021

    MakeDox Festival, Macedonia

    August 19, 2021 - August 26, 2021

    CinéDOC Tbilisi

    August 14, 2021 - September 14, 2021

    Dokufest, Kosovo

    August 06, 2021 - August 14, 2021

    Melbourne International Film Festival

    August 05, 2021 - August 22, 2021

    Locarno Film Festival

    August 04, 2021 - August 14, 2021

    Aegean Film Festival

    July 18, 2021 - August 02, 2021

    Rooftop Films Summer Series

    July 09, 2021 - July 09, 2021

    BOZAR Cinemá. German Festival Films

    July 03, 2021 - July 03, 2021

    DocAviv

    July 01, 2021 - July 10, 2021

    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

    June 24, 2021 - July 04, 2021

    ZagrebDox

    June 13, 2021 - June 10, 2021

    San Francisco DocFest

    June 03, 2021 - June 20, 2021

    Seoul Eco Film Festival

    June 03, 2021 - June 09, 2021

    Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

    June 02, 2021 - June 06, 2021

    Docville International Documentary Film Festival

    June 01, 2021 - June 11, 2021

    FICMEC Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias

    May 26, 2021 - June 05, 2021

    Étonnants Voyageurs - Festival International du Livre & du Film

    May 22, 2021 - May 24, 2021

    The DocYard

    May 21, 2021 - May 27, 2021

    DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival

    May 18, 2021 - May 30, 2021

    One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

    May 10, 2021 - June 06, 2021

    DOK.fest München

    May 05, 2021 - May 23, 2021

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

    April 29, 2021 - May 09, 2021

    New Directors/New Films (ND/NF)

    April 28, 2021 - May 08, 2021

    Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY)

    April 24, 2021 - April 27, 2021

    CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival)

    April 21, 2021 - May 12, 2021

    Sun Valley Film Festival

    April 14, 2021 - April 18, 2021

    Hong Kong International Film Festival

    April 08, 2021 - April 11, 2021

    Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

    March 26, 2021 - April 04, 2021

    ByDesign Festival

    March 19, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM

    March 18, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

    March 18, 2021 - March 29, 2021

    Cinéma du réel - festival international du film documentaire

    March 12, 2021 - March 21, 2021

    Berlinale Forum - Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

    March 01, 2021 - March 05, 2021

    Sundance Film Festival

    January 28, 2021 - February 03, 2021

  • 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