The French Institute in Fez continues its programme of free movies with a superb film - The Tree - from director Julie Bertuccelli
In Australia, Dawn and Peter live happily with their children in the shadow of their giant fig tree. When Peter dies suddenly, everyone reacts in its own way. Simone believes that his father is now living in the tree and Dawn initiates its secret ...
The Tree (2010), co-produced between Australia and France, was filmed in the small town of Boonah in Queensland, Australia and follows the lives of Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her four children after the unexpected death of her husband Peter (Aden Young). The film is an adaptation of the debut novel Our Father Who Art in The Tree by Australian writer and performer Judy Pascoe. The film closed the Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2010 following the Awards Ceremony and received a seven-minute standing ovation. Though it leans rather heavily on its central metaphor, The Tree is a moving and ultimately hopeful meditation on grief with shades of magical realism.
An interesting background fact is that the tree used in the film is the Teviotville Tree, located in the small town of Teviotville in the state of Queensland. It has a 34 m spread, 20 m height and 2.31 m diameter at 1 m above ground, which is the narrowest point. The tree has low branches which have not been pruned off, and when they are laden with fruit they reach the ground. It is estimated that it was planted in 1880
Wednesday, January 13, 19h, Cinema Boujloud
Thursday, January 14, 19h, Complexe Culturel Al Houria