Taming the Garden

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Film Info
Country Listing:Switzerland
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Ecology & the Environment
Rural Life
Russian & Eastern European Culture & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Salomé Jashi
Producer(s):Salomé Jashi
Vadim Jendreyko
Martin Roelly
Erik Winker
Associate Producer(s):Hercli Bundi
Susanne Guggenberger
Anna Dziapshipa
Writer(s):Salomé Jashi
Editor(s):Chris Wright
Cinematography:Goga Devdariani
Salomé Jashi
Sound:Philippe Ciompi


A mysterious millionaire is buying 100-year-old trees along the Georgian coastline to replant in a private garden far away along the Black Sea. Fascinating and too bizarre to be missed, the methodical process of digging up a tree as tall as a 15-storey building is simply staggering. Filmmaker Salomé Jashi captures both the painstaking detail and mammoth scale of this ludicrous project. As teams of men set about each Herculean dig, local villagers whisper about why, at what cost and whose permission was bought to indulge this extravagance. While some towns are simply happy to finally get the long-promised roads and power lines required for the work, others wonder what the real cost of this privately funded, forced migration might be. As odd and otherworldly as the scheme itself, this fascinating study of entitlement offers a most modern look at privilege. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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