-The Olive Tree

Fri 21 January 2022
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £5

Director: Icíar Bollaín, (Spain, 2016)

Certification: 15  | 1h  40 min | Drama, Comedy | Language: Spanish, German with English subtitles

‘The Olive Tree’ (El Olivo) follows a determined young farmer named Alma who embarks on a journey from the province of Castellon, on the East coast of Spain to Germany in order to reclaim her grandfather’s beloved ancient olive tree from the German company who bought it 12 years ago.  With the help of a variety of friends and new acquaintances, she pulls everyone she encounters into her plan with unexpected consequences for all involved. A touching and emotional story of family, friendship, resilience but also about environmental activism.

The powerful  film was directed by Goya Award Winner and internationally acclaimed director Icíar Bollaín (Even the Rain, Take My Eyes, Yuli) and written by Paul Laverty, well-known Ken Loach’s collaborator. 

“…an earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable that finds familial, regional and environmental grievances inseparably tangled in its branches”Variety

It has a touch of Ealing, almost, but with an undertow of sadness and social comment. Bollaín shapes the performances well (…) The film has gentleness and charm”The Guardian

+ Short Film: Beyond (2014, UK) Directed and animated by Dennis Korycki. A story about the changing technology and its impact on human connection.
Final work of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Animation from the University of Westminster, London.

With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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