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TAMING THE GARDEN
Salome Jashi • Germany, Switzerland, Georgia • 2021 • 92 min /Romanian Premiere
An extremely wealthy and powerful man embarks on the preposterous project of transplanting century-old rare trees to his private park. Because he can.
A representative of the new post-communist elite has an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-story buildings, from communities along the Georgian coast and has them excavated to collect them for his private garden. In order to transplant trees of such dimensions, the landscape surrounding them is ripped apart and the people living around them are forced to adapt to the disruption. As the film follows this process, we get a glimpse of a society where the rich and powerful of the day can afford to defy not only their fellow citizens but nature itself.
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