Salomé Jashi
Taming the Garden
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Taming the Garden

Taming the Garden

Salomé Jashi

2021
91 min.
Switzerland, Germany and Georgia
Georgian
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

Would you sell a century-old tree planted by your great-grandmother? At what price? A story about anthropocentrism, abuse of power and climate change.

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Show
Direction
Salomé Jashi
Sound
Philippe Ciompi
Production
Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi
Co-production
Mira Film, CORSO Film, Sakdoc Film
Photography
Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi
Editing
Chris Wright
Music Supervisor
Celia Stroom
Synopsis

An incredible story about a millionaire, former Prime Minister of Georgia, who intends to transform his mansion’s garden by planting ancestral trees uprooted from various parts of the country.

Director Salomé Jashi spent two years chasing an image that perplexed her: a giant tree floating on the sea, an immense green spot flying over a blue horizon. Jashi’s patience in capturing the transformation of the landscape in different villages in Georgia is mesmerizing, and the serenity of her camera shows how reality can be richer than fiction.

The ethical dilemmas of the people from small rural coastal villages in Georgia challenge us directly: who has never found themselves caught in the dichotomy between being true to their values and selling their souls for money? An essential documentary to feel the full force of capitalism crashing against the quiet, unhurried life of trees. Film poetry that reflects on anthropocentrism, abuse of power and climate change.

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About the direction
Salomé Jashi

Salomé Jashi

Directora

Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. She first studied journalism and worked as a repo...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2021
DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama
Edició 2021

Awards and festivals

Sundance Film Festival
France, 2021
Berlinale
Germany, 2021
Cinéma du Réel
France, 2021
UNAM International Film Festival
Mexico, 2021
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Reviews

Surreal, serene and maybe just a little bit sacred.

— Jessica Kiang · Variety

Taming the Garden unspools what's happening very slowly, and by the time we reach the end, it's overwhelming.

— Alissa Wilkinson · Vox

Salomé Jashi's environmentalist documentary Taming the Garden engrossingly chronicles the aesthetic valuation of nature with regards to hindrance and legacy.

— Robert Daniels · RogerEbert.com

A vivid, evergreen look at the effects of gratuitous wealth.

— Jordan Raup · The Film Stage
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