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The Olive Tree – Screening at Cleveland Int’l Film Festival
April 7 @ 1:10 pm - 3:00 pm
Join Western Reserve Land Conservancy at the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival! We hope to see you on April 7 or 8 for a screening of The Olive Tree – a beautifully acted, emotional journey of a grandfather, granddaughter, and their beloved 2,000 year old olive tree.
Use the discount code WRLC when purchasing tickets for $2 off your #CIFF41 ticket purchase online, over the phone, or at the box office. This code is valid for all films screened at the festival.
Stuck in a nasty job at a poultry farm, feisty young Alma vents her frustration in bursts of aggression. Alma’s one soft spot belongs to her grandpa, her constant companion while she was growing up in the family’s ancient olive grove. But since Alma’s father sold their favorite tree to subsidize a failing restaurant, Grandpa has stopped speaking and has taken to wandering off. Alma discovers the tree now stands in the lobby of a big German energy company. Desperate to do something meaningful—for her grandfather, and perhaps for herself—she concocts a string of big white lies, persuading her uncle and a friend to drive a huge truck to Düsseldorf to retrieve the tree. What follows is a beautifully acted, emotional journey, from family tradition to Big Capital, from the familiar warm cadences of Spain to the incomprehensible chill of the north. A compelling script by Paul Laverty, who has written dramas for Ken Loach, and a spirited performance by Anna Castillo, make THE OLIVE TREE a poignant social commentary. (In Spanish with subtitles)
If you’re interested in The Olive Tree, you may also be interested in the Land Conservancy’s farmland preservation work. With the help of our partners and landowners, we have permanently preserved more than 200 family farms totaling over 25,000 acres in northern and eastern Ohio.
Additionally, you may be interested in the Land Conservancy’s work to reforest cities across the region. With the help of individual and corporate volunteers as well as schools, we have planted more than 3,500 robust trees in neighborhoods and distributed an additional 1,500 saplings to date.