Date: 26 January 2022 (ended)
Section: WILD ROSES: WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN EUROPE. Focus on Georgia
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
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TAMING THE GARDEN
Svizzera – Georgia – Germania / Switzerland – Georgia – Germany
2021, HD, col., 91’
v.o. georgiana / Georgian o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Salomé Jashi. Fotografia / Photography: Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi. Montaggio / Editing: Chris Wright. Musica / Music: Celia Stroom (supervisore / supervisor). Suono / Sound: Philippe Ciompi. Produzione / Produced by: Mira Film, CORSO Film, Sakdoc Film. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Federal Office for Culture Switzerland, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, Eurimages, Basel Film Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund, Georgian National Film Center, Robert Bosch Stiftung / Literatisches Colloquim Berlin LCB, Nipkow Program, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin, HEAD post production award. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: 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 to collect them for 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.
Taming the Garden premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was presented in many international film festivals, including Berlinale “Forum” and Cinema du Réel in Paris.
“The process of transplanting trees was very slow … But the biggest challenge was connected to the local inhabitants. Since the wealthy man behind the scenes is also the most politically powerful man in the country, they were often scared to even appear in front of the camera fearing possible consequences, the fear which we, like other fragile democracies, have in our blood.” (S. Jashi)
Director, writer, cinematographer, producer, Salomé Jashi was born in 1981 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She first studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005 she was awarded a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the founder of two production companies: Sakdoc Film and Microcosmos. The Trieste FF presented her documentaries Their Helicopter in 2007, Lideri yoveltvis martalia in 2011 and Bakhmaro in 2012.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2006 Their Helicopter cm / sf doc. 2010 Lideri yoveltvis martalia (The Leader Is Always Right) doc. 2011 Bakhmaro TV doc.; Premi / Awards: Jihlava IDFF – Miglior documentario dell’Europa centro-orientale / Best Central and Eastern European Documentary 2016 The Dazzling Light of Sunset doc.; Premi / Awards: Jihlava IDFF – Miglior documentario dell’Europa centro-orientale / Best Central and Eastern European Documentary2021 Motvinierba (Taming the Garden); Premi / Awards: Cinéma du réel – Giuria dei giovani, menzione / Young Jury Award, Mention