The Magnetic Tree

The Magnetic Tree  {El árbol magnético}
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The Magnetic Tree
El árbol magnético
Spain, 2013, 85 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Chile
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, Latino, Romantic Comedy, Woman Director
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Nominated: Kutxa – New Director Award

A young man returns to Chile from Germany after many years. He visits his cousin’s family as they’re about to sell their long-time country home. They drive out to a place he remembers fondly: a tree with a mysterious, magnetic force so powerful that it can pull cars toward itself. Later, their colorful, multigenerational extended family joins them for a farewell celebration.

In a series of probing, freeform conversations, they explore the safety and connectedness, and the feelings of confinement that come from family relationships. The Magnetic Tree is Isabel de Ayguavives’ debut feature film after her success with a series of shorts that played at major festivals worldwide. She brings a heartfelt, personal touch to a film that captures the specific textures of family interactions, and she finds patterns of dialogue that reveal emotional subtexts even as they strain to avoid them.

“Lively and intimate, it's a film made by someone whose interest in and compassion for her people is deep and forgiving.”
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Isabel Ayguavives
Producer: Sergio Gándara, Ignacio Monge, Rafael Álvarez, Leonora Gonzalez
Editor: José Manuel Jiménez
Screenwriter: Isabel de Ayguavives
Cinematographer: Alberto D. Centeno
Music: Nico Casal
Principal Cast: Andrés Gertrúdix, Catalina Saavedra, Manuela Martelli, Gonzalo Robles, Juan Pablo Larenas, Daniel Alcaíno, Edgardo Bruna
Filmography: Debut Feature


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