Taming The Garden

A documentary film by Salomé Jashi | 90 min | 2020 | CH/D/GE


A film like a poem - an ode to the rivalry between man and nature: A powerful man buys hundred-year-old trees as tall as 15-story buildings, has them uprooted along the Georgian coast and collects them in his garden. In an elaborate and expensive procedure, the trees are dug out of private gardens and public spaces, loaded onto two lashed-together trucks, and hauled to shore. There they are loaded onto a ferry that sails across the Black Sea to the billionaire's garden, which lies entrenched behind a high-security fence.


"A Bewitching Doc Turns a Billionaire’s Whim Into a Mythic Tale of Human and Nature."


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Script and Direction: Salomé Jashi

DoP: Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi

Sound: Nino Tevdorashvili

Editing: Chris Wright

Producer CH: Vadim Jendreyko

Producer GE: Salomé Jashi

Distribution Germany: Film Kino Text

Distribution Switzerland: Vinca Film

World Sales: Syndicado Film Sales

In co-production with Sakdoc Film, Mira Film, Radio Bremen and SRF, in cooperation with ARTE.
Production funded by: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesamt für Kultur, Filmförderung Basel, Eurimages, Georgian Film Fund and others.

Festivals and Awards

Sundance Film Festival 




Docudays Kiew: Best Film

Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM, Mexico City: Best documentary

Cinéma du réel

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Locarno International Film Festival

Majordocs Palma de Mallorca: Special Jury Award for Artistic Achievment

Qara Film Festival Kazakhstan: Special Jury Prize

Golden Apricot Festival Yerevan: FIPRESCI Prize

Nomination for the European Film Award

and many more