Cine Latino: The Olive Tree


The Main 3 Fri, Nov 11, 2016 4:45 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Nov 13, 2016 12:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:El Olivo
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Program:Cine Latino
Women in Film
Tags:Women Directors
Comedy Drama
Release Year:2016
Runtime:100 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Seville International
Director:Icíar Bollaín
Producer:Juan Gordon
Michael Weber
Viola Füegen
Cinematographer:Sergi Gallardo
Screenwriter:Paul Laverty
Editor:Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Composer:Pascal Gaigne
Principal Cast:Anna Castillo
Javier Gutiérrez
Pep Ambròs
Manuel Cucala
Miguel Ángel Aladrén
Filmography:Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo ('11)
Even the Rain ('10)
Mataharis ('07)
Take My Eyes ('03)
Flowers from Another World ('99)


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Screening with short film Un Latino en MN: Henry Jimenez.

Sharing her ailing grandfather Ramon’s deep love of their family’s once-thriving olive groves, now reduced to an industrial chicken operation, headstrong Alma (a tremendous Anna Castillo) understands all too well the cause for her yayo’s crippling sadness: the selling of a beloved and ancient olive tree where the pair had spent countless hours together throughout her childhood. Fiercely determined to save her grandfather’s life yet unable to convince her stubborn father Luis (Miguel Angel Aladren) to act, Alma tracks down the tree’s new owner, a controversial German conglomerate where its image serves as a cynical marketing ploy. Creating an outlandish ruse to get the tree back, Alma quickly finds herself in over her head, trapped by her well-meaning fabrications and facing hard consequences for thinking with her heart first. With her kind yet hotheaded Uncle Arti (Javier Gutierrez) and sympathetic friend Rafa (Pep Ambros) in tow, Alma soon discovers that the seeds of love sometimes bear fruit in the most unexpected ways.

More than just a moving tale of the bonds of land and family, acclaimed writer/director Iciar Bollain (Even the Rain, Kathmandu Lullaby), along with co-writer Paul Laverty, have crafted a smart, lively tale that confronts the economic pressures chipping away at Spain’s middle class with humor and insight. Rooted by an unforgettable performance by Anna Castillo, The Olive Tree touches both the heart and the conscience alike.

Título: El Olivo

Un antiguo olivo, reliquia familiar, se convierte en el símbolo de un anciano patriarca al final de sus días, y del despertar de una joven mujer. Alma comparte el amor de su abuelo Ramón por los olivares que alguna vez fueron fecundos. Cuando la salud de Ramón empeora, Alma se propone recuperar el simbólico olivo, ahora en manos de un conglomerado alemán.


"Rooted in the best cinematic soil there is — emotional truth — The Olive Tree gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up."- The Hollywood Reporter


Screening with Short Film

Un Latino en MN: Henry Jimenez
2016 | 5 min | Documentary | Producer: MLatino Media