Taming the Garden

  • Documentary
  • 1h 31m

Magritte møder Herzog i en underspillet morsom og fejende flot film, der skildrer en rigmands surreelle projekt med at betvinge naturen.

Magritte møder Herzog i en underspillet morsom og fejende flot film, der skildrer en rigmands surreelle projekt med at betvinge naturen.

En mystisk rigmand har bestilt nogle nye træer til sin have. Problemet er bare, at de er 15 etager høje, 100 år gamle og skal transporteres fra fjerne landsbyer til hans palads. Således starter georgiske Salome Jashis festivalhit, som med surrealistiske motiver, absurdistisk humor og en udsøgt cinematisk æstetik skildrer det excentriske projekt, der gør både René Magritte og Herzogs ‘Fitzcarraldo’ kunsten efter, og som en gruppe arbejdere bakser med at realisere. Hjernen bag det hele (den tidligere premierminister, Bidzina Ivanisjvili) forbliver ude af syne som en skjult, surreel kraft i Jashis næsten dialogløs film, der løfter priviligie-debatten til et svimlende nyt niveau af hybris.

Magritte meets Herzog in an understatedly funny and sweepingly beautiful film that describes a billionaire’s surreal project of subjugating nature.

A mysterious millionaire has ordered some new trees for his garden. The only problem is that they are 15 storeys tall, 100 years old and have to be transported from faraway villages to his palace. Thus begins the Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi’s festival hit. With surrealist motifs, absurd humour, and an exquisite cinematic aesthetic, she portrays the eccentric project, which seems inspired by both René Magritte and Herzog’s ‘Fitzcarraldo’, and which a team of workers are struggling to achieve. The brains behind it all (the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili) remains out of sight as a hidden, surreal force in Jashi’s almost dialogue-free film, which elevates the privilege debate to a staggering new level of hubris.

Producer

Salome Jashi

Producer

Vadim Jendreyko

Producer

Erik Winker

Producer

Martin Roelly

Director

Salome Jashi

Sprog

Georgian

Undertekster

English

Lande

Germany, Georgia, Switzerland

Studier

Mira Films, Corso Film, Sakdoc Film