MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 2)
1508 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 1)
1508 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

THE OLIVE TREE

World Premiere

DIRECTED BY Iciar Bollain

Country: Germany, Spain
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: EL OLIVO

Running Time: 98min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Marquee Series

Alma’s family has been producing quality olive oil in the Baix Maestrat area of Spain’s Castellón for generations. Yet changing pressures in the industry have made their traditional practices economically untenable, and the family is now in the mass-production poultry business.

Alma’s grandfather has not spoken in years. Sadness envelopes him, and he no longer wants to eat. His sons—Alma’s father and uncle—are impatient with him, but Alma understands her grandfather. She realizes he has been grieving for a thousand-year-old olive tree that the family has uprooted and sold to pay some debts. (A sadly common reality in Castellón at present.) Unable to bear the idea that her grandfather could die without seeing this terrible wrong corrected, Alma undertakes a quixotic mission to locate the tree and return it to the family orchard, so that her grandfather may have peace in his final days.

Following their collaboration on the multi-Goya-winning Even the Rain, director Iciar Bollaín, BAFTA-winning screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Juan Gordon have reunited to craft another film rooted in respect for those who have come before us—and hope for those who will carry on after we are gone. The Olive Tree finds fertile ground for a rich journey into faith, family and the healing of our wounded priorities. – Jaie Laplante

PRECEDED BY A CONVERSATION WITH ICIAR BOLLAÍN

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The double Goya Award-winning Spanish actress-director will speak about her career and her latest film. This film is also part of the Knight Competition and Lexus Ibero American Feature Film Competition.

SHOWTIMES

Sunday March 6th @ 6:30pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 1) Add to Schedule

Tuesday March 8th @ 9:50pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 2) Add to Schedule

credits

Director: Iciar Bollain
Producer: Juan Gordon
Screenwriter: Paul Laverty

Music: Pascal Gaigne
Cinematographer: Sergi Gallardo
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambros

Iciar Bollain

Iciar Bollaín was born in Madrid. She was an actor before turning to directing. Her film Even The Rain (2010) was shortlisted for the Oscar. The Olive Tree (2016) is her fourth film to appear at the Festival, after Flowers From Another World (1999), Take My Eyes (2003), which swept the Goyas, and Mataharis (2007).

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