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."
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.
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