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The Olive Tree
Saturday 10th March 2018 in the Village Hall
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 40 mins  Rated: 15 (English subtitles
The Olive Tree is a deeply human story about the broken and unbroken bonds between generations.   And in particular, a young Spanish woman’s literal and spiritual quest to recover a symbolically significant olive tree from its new corporate owners.  

The family of impulsive Alba, has fallen on hard times, and they’ve been forced into abandoning olive oil production for poultry farming.  On the personal side too, the tensions are running high.   Bad business decisions have been made, Alba’s uncle is unemployed and her grandfather, Ramón, 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.

The grandfather wanders in hermetic silence around the lands piling up stones where his and Alba’s favorite olive tree used to stand, before being uprooted and sold.   
Unable to bear the situation any longer, Alma discovers that the magnificently gnarled tree has been sold to a German energy company, located in Dusseldorf and is now being used as their logo.  Without money or resources, Alma convinces her unsuspecting uncle and a besotted family friend to go in a truck from Spain to Germany to recover the tree, starting a journey with unexpected consequences for everyone.  
This deceptively simple Spanish drama about a family and its thousand-year-old olive tree is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is - emotional truth. "The earth has soul".    It is possible to have
relationships with a field, a landscape and of course a tree.