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Olive Tree

14 January
THE OLIVE TREE (El olivo) Spain/Germany 2016 100 min 
Director:  Icíar Bollaín 
With: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs 
Spanish with English subtitles

Alma is a young girl with emotional problems and a special relationship with her grandfather Ramón, an old country man who stopped talking about 12 years ago after his son, Alma's father, sold a 2000-years-old olive tree in order to open a restaurant. Dominated by the sadness and the melancholia by the loss of his most beloved tree, Ramon spends his days visiting the place where the olive tree was planted, hoping the day the tree returns. Unable to bear the situation any longer, Alma looking for the olive tree, discovering that it was acquired by a Germany's energy company located in Dusseldorf. Without money or resources, Alma convinces her uncle Alcachofa and her friend Rafa (who has a love interest for her) to go in a truck from Spain to Germany to recover the tree, starting a travel with unexpected consequences for everyone.

"The search for the tree and what it has come to symbolise lies at the heart of this amusing and very human story of a family at war. " Allan Hunter Daily Express