Taming the Garden

The opening shot of Salomé Jashi’s striking environmental tale captures a tree as tall as a 15-story building floating on a barge across the vast Black Sea. Its destination lies within a garden, privately owned by a wealthy man whose passion resides in the removal, and subsequent replanting, of foreign trees into his own man-made Eden. With astonishing cinematic style, Taming the Garden tracks the surreal uprooting of ancient trees from their Georgian locales. With a steady and shrewdly observant eye, Jashi documents a single man’s power over Earth’s natural gardens: how majestic living artifacts of a country’s identity can so effortlessly become uprooted by individuals with no connection to the nature they now claim as their own. (Sundance Film Festival)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Motviniereba (Taming the Garden, 2021, doc) - Daisis miziduloba (The Dazzling Light of Sunset, 2016, doc) - Bakhmaro (2011, doc)
Crossing Europe VOD · Competition Documentary 2021
Salomé Jashi
Georgia / Germany / Switzerland 2021
92 minutes
Georgian / Mingrelian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Salomé Jashi
Cinematography Salomé Jashi, Goga Devdariani
Editing Chris Wright
Sound/Sounddesign Philippe Ciompi
Producer(s) Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi
Mira Film, Corso Film, Sakdoc Film
World Sales
Syndicado Film Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Sundance Film Festival 2021

Crossing Europe VOD-Premiere
06.06. - 06.07.2021, online
More details on the VOD program HERE
(only available for streaming in Austria)