Somewhere in a Spanish city, Santiago (in his 30s and played by the Mexican painter Bosco Sodi) roams aimlessly and lonely through the streets. His wife has thrown him out and the judge has decided that he cannot see his children for now. Santiago tries to put his life back together again from this unfortunate situation. He has a job in a friend's bar, but is given the sack.
Little by little, his life falls apart. The camera (impressive work by David Valdeperez) follows him roaming the streets looking for work and for an aim in life. His only way out seems to be the highest bridge in the city...
Scriptwriter and novice director Carlos Serrano Azcona (1969) previously worked on Japón by Carlos Reygadas, who is co-producer this time, as is the Spaniard Jaime Rosales, director of e.g. Bullet in the Head. The form and style of The Tree were partly inspired by the work of the Dardenne Brothers, but Serrano Azcona was also influenced by the possibilities of modern video cameras, as previously revealed by Albert Serra (Honour of the Knights) and Rafá Cortes (Yo). The result is a dynamic yet restrained and contemplative film. The Tree opens the eyes of the viewer to everyday despair and existential hope, culminating in a climax that has to be seen to be 'believed'. (ID/GT)

International title
The Tree
Filmmaker
Carlos Serrano Azcona
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Spain, Mexico
Year
2009
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Length
70’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Carlos Serrano Azcona, Jaime Rosales, Carlos Reygadas
Production Company
Estar Ahí Cinema, Fresdeval Films, Mantarraya Producciones
Sales
Estar Ahí Cinema
Writer
Carlos Serrano Azcona
Cinematography
David Valdeperez
Editor
Carlos Serrano Azcona, Carlos Reygadas, Manuel Muñoz
Production Design
Barbara Díez
Sound Design
Carlos García Flores
Music
Ginferno
Cast
Mayte Cedeño, Alejandro Ezeizabarrena, Bosco Sodi