The Olive Tree

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Spain | 2016 | 98 minutes | Icíar Bollaín

A determined young woman journeys from Spain to Germany to retrieve a gnarled, thousand-year-old olive tree that is precious to her ailing grandfather after it has been sold to an energy company, in Icíar Bollaín's earthy, bittersweet fable.

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From Goya Award winner and internationally acclaimed director Icíar Bollaín, The Olive Tree follows Alma (Anna Castillo), a willful and spirited young woman who journeys from Spain to Germany to retrieve a gnarled, thousand-year-old olive tree that is precious to her ailing grandfather (Manuel Cucala). Centered on a fairy tale-like quest, The Olive Tree follows Alma as she is helped by old friends and new acquaintances, pulling everyone she encounters into her plan and even catching the attention of social media. Shot in warm hues by Sergi Gallardo and carrying a lovely Pascal Gaigne score that elevate the film without underplaying its melancholic aspects, this is a wry comic look at today's Europe, touching on the economic devastation of agricultural Spain, the unimpeded growth of the European banking industry, the giddy factionalism of social-media activism, and the travails of aging amid a far-flung family. The Olive Tree is the third collaboration between the Madrid-born Bollain and her husband, Scottish screenwriter Paul Laverty—the two created 2010's Oscar®-shortlisted Even the Rain and the well-regarded Katmandu (2011)—and both are renowned for their work with renowned Scottish director Ken Loach, experience that informs this film's narrative of independence.

Director Biography
Icíar Bollaín was born in Madrid, and was an actress before starting her directing career. Her films include Flowers From Another World (1999), Take My Eyes (2003), a success at the Goyas, Hataharis (2007), and Even the Rain in 2010, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award® nomination.

Sponsored by Eurochannel, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Accion Cultural Española

  • Original Language Title: El Olivo
  • Director: Icíar Bollaín
  • Principal Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambros
  • Country: Spain, Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Juan Gordon
  • Screenplay: Paul Laverty
  • Cinematographers: Sergi Gallardo
  • Editors: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
  • Music: Pascal Gaigne
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: En tierra extraña (doc, 2014); Kathmandu Lullaby (2011); Even the Rain (2010)Mataharis (2007); Take My Eyes (2003); Flowers From Another World (1999); Hi, Are You Alone? (1995);
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Seville International