THE OLIVE TREE
Alma works in her family’s olive grove, in the sunny province of Castellon on the east coast of Spain. She is close to her grandfather, who hasn’t spoken since the family’s 2000-year-old olive tree was sold to Germany. When her grandfather stops eating and becomes weaker, Alma decides to go get the tree back, along with her admirer Rafa and her uncle Alcachofa. Their tree has found its new place in the courtyard of a Düsseldorf utility company as a symbol of sustainability. A feel-good road movie by Goya award winner Icíar Bollaín, based on a script by Ken Loach regular Paul Laverty.
PLEASE NOTE: This film will be screened in its original version with English subtitles. EXCEPTION: The screening on June 27, 9:30 AM, will be in its original version with German subtitles.
Meet the director
Icíar Bollaín was born in Madrid 1979. She began her film career when she was 16, acting in Víctor Erice‘s EL SUR (1983). She also appeared in UN PARAGUAS PARA TRES (1992) and Ken Loach’s LAND AND FREEDOM (1994). She had her biggest success as a director, however, releasing her feature debut HI, ARE YOU ALONE? in 1995. FLOWERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD won Best Film at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes 1999. TAKE MY EYES (2003) won seven Goyas, including Best Film and Best Director. EVEN THE RAIN was Spain’s nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar 2011.