2021, Sat, Jul 17

Taming the Garden

D: Salomé Jashi, Switzerland / Germany / Georgia 2021, 91 min | Showing first: Eye/Tree, 5 min

Taming the Garden (film still) | © Mira Film / Corso Film / Sakdoc Film

Taming the Garden (film still) | © Mira Film / Corso Film / Sakdoc Film

Taming the Garden

An old tree with a magnificent crown floats across the sea. What sounds like a surrealist painting is one of the most captivating images in Salomé Jashi’s Taming the Garden. Captivating and ambivalent in equal measure, because transporting the tree forms part of a ludicrous project. An extremely wealthy and politically powerful man collects old trees, which he has dug out and brought to his garden. There is controversial discussion among those watching about why he does it and what they should make of it. Simply because he can afford such an eccentric hobby perhaps? As absurd as the transplanting of the trees appears, it is very much a sign of power, unabashed wealth and the conquest of nature. (Anna Hoffmann)

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Eye/Tree

D: Martin Ebner, Track: Thomas Fehlmann, music video, Germany 2013, 5 min
Music video for Eye/Tree by Thomas Fehlmann