Virgin & Extra: The Land of the Olive Oil

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Spain | 2018 | 90 minutes | Jose Luis Lopez Linares

Take a trip to sunny Jaen, the Spanish province that produces 20% of the world's olive oil—some say it's the best of all—and follow its production from tree to table.

A stunning land of castles and cathedrals and home to the world's largest man-made forest—often called "the lungs of Spain"—the ancient city of Jaen lays claim to a rich and varied history. Yet it is the humble and hearty olive tree, introduced by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago, that is its very soul, its beautiful and endless grove-lined hills making Jaen the world's biggest olive-oil producer (putting forth 20% of the world's supply) and giving the town its very identity. Nestled in the northern end of Spain's Andalusia region, Jaen's Mediterranean climate is ideal to the growth and development of such varietals such as Arbequina, Royal, Hojiblanca—and of course Picual, the King of Olive Oils—and in providing the numerous and colorful cosecheros who harvest the fruit with their life's passion and a highly competitive yearly shot at prestigious Jaen Seleccion awards. From its time as a bulk product sold in barrels and used as fuel to its current status as an indispensable haute-cuisine item curated by sommeliers, from its status as a weapon against cardiovascular disease to the increasingly cutthroat industry that depends on it, the humble olive, the very foundation of Spanish cuisine, is given its proper tribute in this provocative and delectable ode to its many gifts.

Hebe Tabachnik

Director Biography
Spanish film producer, director, writer, and cinematographer José Luis López-Linares was born in Madrid in 1955. He is known for Storm The Skies (1997), El PolloEl Pez Y El Cangrejo Real (2008), and BoschThe Garden Of Dreams (2016).

Sponsored by Accion Cultural Española, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Princi, The Tourist Office of Spain

  • Original Language Title: Jaen: Virgen Y Extra
  • Director: Jose Luis Lopez Linares
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Antonio Saura, Jose Luis Lopez Linares
  • Screenplay: Jose Luis Lopez Linares
  • Cinematographers: Jose Luis Lopez Linares
  • Editors: Pablo B. Guzman
  • Music: Jorge Magaz
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Altamira, el origen del arte (Doc., 2018); El corazon del Teatro Real (Doc., 2018); El Maestro de Altamira (Doc., 2017); Bosch: The Garden of Dreams (Doc., 2016) Jerez & el misterio del Palo Cortado (Doc., 2015)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Latido Films