The Tree
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    The Tree


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    90 min

    • Slovenian

    Drama, Experimental

    Karlovy Vary IFF

    A family finds itself in a dead-end situation. They are only safe behind the walls of their own house and yard. As time vanishes from their home, the shelter slowly turns into a prison. However, nothing can keep the children from dreaming and yearning to be free and the urge to make a decision seems inevitable.


    • FIPRESCI Award, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Music Score - Slovenian FF



    Katarina Stegnar
    Jernej Kogovšek
    Lukas Matija Rosas Uršič
    Sonja Prosenc
    Mitja Ličen
    Mitja Ličen
    Miloš Kalusek
    MONO O


    A bold work for a debutant, both for better and for worse

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    A visually remarkable picture which stays under the lids long after the screening.

    Ewa Wildner, Nisimazine

    Sonja Prosenc’s brave debut film will reward attentive audiences. Indeed, this is a film of great emotional impact that describes a psychological state and an unbearable situation, rather than telling a story.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    The Tree is one of a selection of very good films shown at Karlovy Vary in 2014 which promote a visual cinema above all, such as Nowhere in Moravia and Corn Island. If this is a strong theme in current cinema, we should hope that they all communicate their mysteries so eloquently.

    Colette de Castro, East European Film Bulletin

    Sonja Prosenc

    Sonja Prosenc


    In my second film I move away from the socio-political angle that marked my debut feature, but the intimate tale of Iva and her family still derives from a reflection on society: the currently prevalent nihilism, violence, and emotional detachment.

    After she graduated from university, Sonja attended Berlinale and SarajevoTalents, co-founded the Monoo production house, and was selected for TorinoFilmLab. Her award-winning and critically acclaimed first feature THE TREE (2014) was the Slovenian candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Her approach to film language has so far been appreciated by both cinephiles and film critics, and she was described as “a distinctively talented young filmmaker... who can tell a story in a startlingly unconventional manner” by The Hollywood Reporter. Sonja has also been selected among eight notable up-and-coming European female directors by Cineuropa. Her second feature HISTORY OF LOVE (2018), a Slovenian-Italian-Norwegian co-production, has received several development awards and has also been supported by Eurimages.

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