Both films are available here on our website in the section FILMS ONLINE in all KineDok countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Georgia and Poland).
The urban and rural trees that the former Georgian prime minister buys up and moves across the country to his garden represent for ordinary rural people a shared history and formative objects of the identities of the place. But a shared emotional connection to these culturally valuable plants, when the machinations of money and negotiation are involved, awakens long unspoken political dissent. Deliberately omitting some essential information, the documentary relies on archetypal figures and situations to present the story of a myth of a great dream come true against the drama of everyday life of ordinary people. Director Salome Jashi's unique sense of observation takes the form of a poetic visual style that hypnotizes the viewer's perception with shots of the technologically challenging process of untangling the web of roots and the logistically unimaginable relocation of these opulent giants.
The film takes a small-town television station as the centrepiece of its story and draws a pseudo-ethnographic portrait of a community in Georgia. Rituals and traditions define the lifestyle here, though a distant warped reflection of the modern world has already invaded the collective mind. Here performance of one’s self in the best possible way is of primary importance. This cinematic kaleidoscope of characters, places and events unveils the life of the local community and its hybrid values. The sole journalist of the television station, Dariko, functions as Virgil from Dante’s Divine Comedy, taking the audience on a trip through the community’s moments of revelation. (dafilms.com)
Salomé Jashi was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1981. 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. Salomé’s The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016) was awarded the Main Prize at Visions du Réel’s Regard Neuf Competition as well as at ZagrebDox, Jihlava IDFF, Valdivia IDFF, and several other festivals. Her debut, the Georgian-German co-production Bakhmaro (2011), was awarded at the Jihlava Film Festival and DOK Leipzig. Taming the Garden was nominated at Sundance, the 34th European Film Awards and won the international competition at the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival DocuDays UA.
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