Taming the Garden

Switzerland, Germany, Georgia 2021
In Georgian and Mingrelian, with English subtitles
92 min
Suitable for audiences of all ages
Director: Salomé Jashi
Screenplay: Salomé Jashi
Production: Vadim Jendreyko, Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Salomé Jashi / Mira Film, CORSO Film, Sakdoc Film
Print Source: Syndicado Film Sales

A powerful and anonymous man has developed an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-story buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated for the collection in his private garden. In order to transplant trees of such dimensions, the landscape surrounding them is ripped apart and the people living around them are forced to adapt to the disruption. As the film follows this process, it portrays the needs and values of today’s Georgian society and reflects on the theme of forced migration, where "uprooting" is more than a metaphor.

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