Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE OLIVE TREE
(El olivo)

Year: 2016
Country: SPAIN, GERMANY
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 98 minutes

THE OLIVE TREE
THE OLIVE TREE
THE OLIVE TREE
THE OLIVE TREE

Stuck in a nasty job at a poultry farm, feisty young Alma vents her frustration in bursts of aggression. Alma’s one soft spot belongs to her grandpa, her constant companion while she was growing up in the family’s ancient olive grove. But since Alma’s father sold their favorite tree to subsidize a failing restaurant, Grandpa has stopped speaking and has taken to wandering off. Alma discovers the tree now stands in the lobby of a big German energy company. Desperate to do something meaningful—for her grandfather, and perhaps for herself—she concocts a string of big white lies, persuading her uncle and a friend to drive a huge truck to Düsseldorf to retrieve the tree. What follows is a beautifully acted, emotional journey, from family tradition to Big Capital, from the familiar warm cadences of Spain to the incomprehensible chill of the north. A compelling script by Paul Laverty, who has written dramas for Ken Loach, and a spirited performance by Anna Castillo, make THE OLIVE TREE a poignant social commentary. (In Spanish with subtitles) —B.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sidebar
CINEMA EN ESPAÑOL

Screnwriting
Paul Laverty

Director
Icíar Bollaín

Icíar Bollaín is one of only two Spaniards to have been nominated as best actor, director, and writer for three different films at the Goya Awards. She has acted in and directed many prize-winning films.

Filmography
"Hi, Are You Alone?" (1995), "Flowers from Another World" (1999), "Take My Eyes" (2003), "Mataharis" (2007), "Katmandu" (2011), THE OLIVE TREE (2016)

Producer
Juan Gordon

Cinematography
Sergi Gallardo

Editing
Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Principal Cast
Anna Castillo, Javier Gutierrez, Pep Ambros

Film Contact

This film is presented in loving memory of OLYMPIA S. CERIO. Our mom was no ordinary mom, our mom is extraordinary!

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