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by Salomé Jashi


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.

international title: Taming the Garden
original title: Taming the Garden
working title: Trees Floating
country: Switzerland, Germany, Georgia
sales agent: Syndicado Film Sales (CA)
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Salomé Jashi
film run: 86'
screenplay: Salomé Jashi
cinematography by: Salomé Jashi, Goga Devdariani
film editing: Chris Wright
music: Celia Stroom
producer: Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winkler, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi
production: Mira Film, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, ARTE GEIE, Radio Bremen, Sakdoc
backing: Federal Office of Culture Switzerland (FOC) (CH), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW (DE), Eurimages, Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst BS/ BL (DE), Georgian National Film Center (GE), IDFA Bertha Fund (NL), Grenzgänger Program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung / Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (DE), Succès Passage Antenne (CH), HEAD geneve (CH), Nipkow Scholarship (DE), DAAD Artists-in-Berlin (DE)

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