Washington D.C. Premiere


THE TREE (EL ARBOL) (Argentina, 2006, 65 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere A very old acacia tree grows outside of Maria and Julio’s house. Maria, 67, fears that the tree is decaying and will soon fall over, while Julio, 69, believes that it is still alive and he waters it as an act of faith. He planted it when his first son was born and does not want to erase the significance of the tree. As a symbol of the start of their lives as parents, the tree acts as a silent bond between Maria and Julio. Can memories of an entire lifetime be harnessed within one single object of affection? What happens when a family has to make a decision that could alter them forever? Slow, detailed and intensely moving, this poetic film essay chronicles the debate between Mario and Julio and attempts to answer these questions, painting the story of a couple forced to come to grips with their own reality, and ultimately their own mortality. Memories and ghosts blend together in a house that has been in the family for generations. The visit of a neighbor, a party, the changing seasons, variations of light and shade, rain and dreams build this plot so that everything, silent and irreversible, speaks to us of the running of time. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Gustavo Fontán.

Introduced by Minister Marcelo Cima, Cultural Attaché and Environmental Issues, Embassy of Argentina.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. To register, visit the Embassy website at and provide your email. On March 11, the Embassy will send a message to those who have provided their email offering 75 seats for reservation. If reservations are not picked up by one-half hour before the screening time, they will be released to standbys.


Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave., NW (METRO: Dupont Circle)

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