Salome Jashi earns Jury Special Prize at Mallorca's MajorDocs festival for 'Taming the Garden'

  • A still from 'Taming the Garden', a feature-length documentary that has earned Jashi awards from international festivals this year. Photo via, 11 Oct 2021 - 19:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

Film director Salome Jashi was distinguished with another prize for her documentary Taming the Garden at the Mallorca-based MajorDocs festival on Saturday, with the feature-length work earning the Jury Special Prize for Artistic Achievement.

The jury panel of the Spanish event picked Jashi's film as one "that truly trusts cinematic language and builds awesome visual poetry, with precision and mastery", as the Cinema du reel festival award-winning work was presented with the award.

The Sundance-screened Taming the Garden was shown to audiences of MajorDocs - an event structuring its programming around in-depth screenings and five-day sections for discussions - on two occasions last week.

It brought to the big screen of the first international documentary fest in Mallorca its look at residents of a seaside locality in Georgia and their reactions to the sudden development of century-old trees being uprooted from the surroundings at the behest of a major figure with influence.

With screenplay from Jashi and cinematography by Goga Devdariani and the director, Taming the Garden earned the Special Mention of the Young Jury Award at Cinéma du réel earlier this year, while the documentary was also shortlisted for nomination for the European Film Awards.

At Sundance Film Festival, the work was praised for "astonishing cinematic style" and for its director - recipient of awards from Jean Rouch and Nyon film festivals, among others - for "shrewdly observant eye".

For her Swiss-Georgian-German co-production, Jashi also received the Best Film prize and Audience Award at Mexico's UNAM film festival this year.