Georgia’s former prime minister has found a unique hobby. He collects century-old trees, some as tall as 15-floor buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast. At a great expense and inconvenience, these ancient giants are uprooted from their lands to be transplanted in his private garden.
With a surreal, Herzogian eye for the absurdities of man’s claims over nature, Salomé Jashi’s hypnotic documentary draws privilege and poverty into the embrace of myth. A folkloric allegory told in breathtaking images, Taming the Garden contemplates an ecological monument to flamboyance and folly.
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Abbas Kiarostami,Mania Akbari, 2002, Iran
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Robert J. Flaherty, 1922, United States
Louis Malle, 1985, United States
Stephen Kijak, 2006, United Kingdom
Steven Sebring, 2008, United States