Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

The Olive Tree

El olivo

2016, Icíar Bollaín, Spain/Germany, 99 min. With Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 19th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 20th 8:00pm

"A deceptively simple drama that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is — emotional truth — THE OLIVE TREE gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up." — Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

As in their Oscar-shortlisted BEFORE THE RAIN, Icíar Bollaín (Spain's leading woman director) and Paul Laverty (screenwriter of I, DANIEL BLAKE and several other Ken Loach classics) collaborate on a film that combines stirring human drama with strong political overtones. The tree of the title — massive, ancient, magnificently gnarled — was uprooted years ago from an economically distressed farming region in northeastern Spain. For hotheaded 20-year-old Anna (Castillo), it represents the cherished bond between her and her grandfather, and, when his health fails, she resolves to bring it back. After discovering that it now resides as a corporate icon in the glassed-in lobby of a Düsseldorf energy company, she impulsively sets off with her uncle (Gutiérrez) and a torch-carrying trucker (Pep Ambròs). Meanwhile, this Quixotic road trip has attracted the attention of social-media environmentalists, and the stage is set for a showdown in Düsseldorf. In Spanish and German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Seville International. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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