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"The Tree" to Close Cannes

A scene from Julie Bertucelli's "The Tree." Image provided by Memento Films International.

Julie Bertucelli's "The Tree," starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas and Aden Young will close the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Sunday, May 23rd following the Awards Ceremony.

Adapted from Judy Pascoe's novel, "Our Father Who Art in a Tree," the film's website describes the film as centering on eight year-old Simone whose father has suddenly died and shares a secret with her mother Dawn."

"She’s convinced her father whispers to her through the leaves of her favorite 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, and the roots destroy the foundations, the family is forced to make an agonising, but ultimately liberating, decision."

The Festival de Cannes opens on Wednesday May 12th with "Robin Hood," by Ridley Scott and the event continues through May 23rd in the seaside port town. The Cannes slate was announced earlier this month here at indieWIRE.

CANNES LINEUPS:
Official Selection | Directors' Fortnight | Critic's Week

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