The Olive Tree

Director: Icíar Bollaín.
Starring: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs. Spain/Germany 2015. 99 mins. Spanish with English subtitles.

Environmental issues and family loyalty meet head on in The Olive Tree. Actor-director Icíar Bollaín follows her Oscar-shortlisted Even The Rain (2010) and the widely admired Katmandu (2011) with this quietly stirring drama, co-written with Paul Laverty, best known for his frequent collaborations with Ken Loach. Ostensibly a story about family ties, The Olive Tree is both melancholic and wryly comic as it touches on the economic devastation of Spain’s agriculture, the relentless march of the European banking industry, and activism in the age of social media. As spirited young farmer Alma (Castillo) travels from Spain to Germany, determined to retrieve her ailing grandfather’s 1,000-year-old olive tree from the energy company that bought it, she is helped in her mission by old and new friends in this earthy, bittersweet and gently moving tale.

General admission screenings

Tue 11th Apr

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