Olive Tree, The

Run Times:
98 min
Spanish (w. English Subtitles)
Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs
Iciar Bollain
Paul Laverty
Plot Summary
From Goya Award Winner and internationally acclaimed director Iciar Bollain, THE OLIVE TREE follows a willful and spirited young woman named Alma who embarks on a journey from the East coast of Spain to Germany in order to retrieve an ancient olive tree precious to her ailing grandfather. With the help of a variety of friends & new acquaintances, she pulls everyone she encounters into her plan with unexpected consequences for all involved.

“Iciar Bollain’s bittersweet tale of familial and environmental activism could blossom into an arthouse crowdpleaser”

“An earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable”

“universally appealing, grafting gentle comedy”

“Bollain’s latest will continue to engage fest audiences following a rapturously received premiere in Miami”

– Guy Lodge, Variety

“A feel-good combination of angry and tender.”

“rooted in the best cinematic soil there is — emotional truth”

“The Olive Tree gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up.”

– Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter


Variety – Miami Film Review: “The Olive Tree”
The Hollywood Reporter – “The Olive Tree”(‘El Olivo’): Film Review
Screen Daily – Seville International scores ‘The Olive Tree’ deals

Festivals and Awards

Miami International Film Festival, USA, March 2016

Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico, March 2016

Seattle International Film Festival, USA, May 2016

Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania, May 2016

Sydney Film Festival, Australia, June 2016

Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, June 2016

Brussels Film Festival, Belgium, June 2016
*Winner – Audience Award
*Winner – BeTV prize of best film

Pula Film Festival, Croatia, August 2016

Travelling Film Festival – Huskisson, Australia, August 2016

Take One Action Film Festival, UK, September 2016