Bob and The Trees

Directed by: Diego ONgaro
91 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 1
Sat 3rd Oct 15:00
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Sun 4th Oct 13:00
2nd Screening

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Based on his earlier short of the same title, director Diego Ongaro’s first feature film premiered at Sundance and went on to win the top award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Protagonist Bob Tarasuk plays himself in this verité-drama with a majority cast of local non-professional actors. Bob is a sympathetic character whose charisma and hard work owe him better luck than he receives. One winter in rural Massachusetts profiles his struggles after he pools his savings into a plot of land for timber, only to discover that the trees are rotten and worthless. His son Matt’s exasperation increases as Bob refuses to face up to the realities of the cards as they’ve been dealt. Bob’s isolation and suspicion of those around him increases as he strategises to conceal and overcome his shortfall. The authenticity of the characters and the cinematography allow you to feel like a fly-on-the-tree, and at times it becomes difficult to remember that this is not documentary film. Shot in a challenging environment during the Polar Vortex of 2014, ‘Bob and the Trees’ is a restrained and insightful character study complimented by a delicate, barely-there score that packs more of a punch than you’d notice.##Katie Baldock$$
91 min
Diego ONgaro
Courtney Maum
Diego Ongaro
Sasha Statman-Weil
Rob Cristiano
Christie Molia
Chris Teague
Chris Teague
Daniel Vecchione
Bob Tarasuk
Matt Gallagher
Polly MacIntyre
Screening Status
UK Premiere