Taming the Garden

Pădurea domestică

8 films in 1 categories
Salomé Jashi
Switzerland, Germany, Georgia

Photo Film




Romanian, English

Original Title





An influential man, former Prime Minister of Georgia, has a special kind of hobby. He buys and collects ancient trees and plants them on the coastline, in his private garden and some of them reach as high as a 16-story building. Needless to say, the complexity involved by the process of uprooting and transporting them is only matched by their magnificence: other trees need to be cut down, electrical cables need to be moved, and new pathways need to be created through the tangerine orchards. Through exploring man’s relationship with the environment and that of a community with such a tree which marks its existence and which, at some point, disappears, the film approaches the ethics of environmental protection in a subtle manner, without excesses and ostentatiousness, even though uprooting, a theme we have become accustomed to metaphorically, takes an oppressive and tangible form. The rhythm of the action is in perfect accord with that of nature: dignified, calm and measured, since control doesn’t lie in the hands of the many anyway. This is at the same time a poetical and political film, one with a powerful discourse, which examines a multitude of social-political and psychological layers, all the while preserving a meditative atmosphere, which is probably the most conducive for living the experience of nature. (Sorana Stănescu)

awards and festivals

Cinéma du Réel 2021 - Young Jury Award - Mention
FICUNAM 2021 - Puma de Plata Competencia Internacional, Public Award, Puma - International Competition
Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Sundance Film Festival 2021
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2021
Locarno International Film Festival 2021
São Paulo International Film Festival 2021
CPH:DOX 2021
European Film Awards 2021
Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Sydney Film Festival 2021
Melbourne International Film Festival 2021
DocsBarcelona 202
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2021
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2021
Montreal International Documentary Festival 2021
Astra Film Festival Sibiu 2021


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