The Tree
The Tree

The Tree

Director Julie Bertuccelli

Production year 2010

Length 100min.

Country Germany/France/Italy/Australia


After the sudden death of her father, 8-year-old Simone shares a secret with her mother Dawn. She’s convinced her father speaks to her through the leaves of her favourite tree and he’s come back to protect them. But the new bond between mother and daughter is threatened when Dawn starts a relationship with George, the plumber, called in to remove the tree’s troublesome roots. As the branches of the tree start to infiltrate the house, the family is forced to make an agonizing decision. But have they waited too long?


Best Film, Best Direction, Best Lead Actresses | Australian Film Institute, Australia, 2010

Best Film | Sao Paulo IFF, Brazil, 2010


Julie Bertuccelli
Julie Bertuccelli



Sue Taylor, Yael Fogiel


Julie Bertuccelli, Judy Pascoe, Elizabeth J. Mars

Director of Photography

Nigel Bluck

Music by

Grégoire Hetzel


Olivier Mauvezin


Francois Gedigier


Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers, Tom Russell, Gabriel Gotting

Production company(ies)

company(-ies) Les Films du Poisson, Taylor Media

Julie Bertuccelli

Born 1968, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Studied philosophy before being trained as a filmmaker. She started her film career as an assistant director, working with acclaimed directors such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Otar Iosseliani and Emmanuel Finkiel, working on Three Colours: Blue (1993), L’Appat (1995) among others. Her directing career started with documentaries, many achieving considerable success, the most notable being The World in Fusion/Un Monde en Fusion (2001). Since Otar Left is her first feature film. It won the Grand Jury Prize of the Critic's week at Cannes in 2003.


The World in Fusion (2001), Since Otar Left... (2003), Otar Iosseliani, The Whistling Blackbird (2007), The Tree (2010)

FILMS 2011