Melbourne Cinémathèque The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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Ermanno Olmi collaborated with an entire community of Lombardy villagers who retell and perform their society’s own stories of the late 19th century in their appropriate location and dialect.

Olmi’s meticulously prepared script and mastery of mise en scène combine with the frank dignity of the non-professional performers to produce a cumulatively heartbreaking effect.

Winner of the 1978 Palme d’Or at Cannes.