THE OLIVE TREE [SPAIN], THURSDAY 6 APRIL, 8PM

By December 2, 2016archive


A heartfelt and warm family drama about reconciliation and hope.

20-year-old Alma works on a chicken farm in the austerity-hit Castellon region of Spain. Her grandfather is on hunger strike, and has not spoken since her father sold the family’s ancient olive tree. Alma believes the only way he can be saved is if they find the tree, replanted somewhere in Europe. Persuading her uncle, her workmate and friends to join her, they set off in a ‘borrowed’ truck to track it down. Restoring the tree will restore hope to their family and the region.

“A deceptively simple drama that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is – emotional truth.” Hollywood Reporter

“A young woman decides to rescue her grandfather’s olive tree, sold to a German company as a green symbol, in Icíar Bollaín’s low-key, heartfelt film.”  The Guardian

“A heartwarming social drama with shades of Ken Loach. Little people take on the corporate beast in this charming film written by longtime Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty.” Irish Times

Spain, 2016 | Language: Spanish| 100 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Icíar Bollaín

Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs