The Olive Tree

Times:

  • 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

From internationally acclaimed director Icíar Bollaín, The Olive Tree tells the story of Alma, a willful and spirited 20 year-old.  She feels deeply connected with her beloved grandfather.  Facing extreme economic challenges and against Grandfather’s wishes, the family sold the beloved olive tree that Alma played in as a child, a tree planted during Roman times.  Grandfather has not spoken since the day the olive tree was uprooted and has now stopped eating as well.  Alma is obsessed with the idea that the only thing that could “bring back” her grandfather is the return of the olive tree to the family olive grove.  Alma discovers that the olive tree is now in the lobby of the corporate headquarters of a German energy company and serves as the company logo.  Using cunning and lies Alma enlists her “Uncle Artichoke” and her colleague Rafa to take part in her impossible mission.  To everyone’s surprise, during their journey the news of the quest takes over social media and theirs becomes a “cause célèbre.”  In Spanish, German and French with English subtitles.

Director: Iciar Bollain
Spain (2016) • 100 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Seville International

 

Reviews

"An earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable" — Guy Lodge, Variety
"A deceptively simple drama about a family and its thousand-year-old olive tree 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." — Johnathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
"An earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable" — Guy Lodge, Variety
"A deceptively simple drama about a family and its thousand-year-old olive tree 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." — Johnathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.