Archive of films The Tree / Drevo

2014, 90 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2014

One story, three angles. In three chapters the debuting director gradually pieces together her narrative, revealing the tragic situation in which a family of three finds itself as the result of an accident. The nonlinear thread of the drama cleverly keeps the viewer in a state of tension, heightened by shots that are almost claustrophobic.


One story, three angles. In three chapters, the film’s plot is told through the eyes of two brothers and their mother Milena as we witness a tragic situation which befalls the family as the result of an accident. The two sons, adolescent Alek and his younger sibling Veli, are unable to leave their house, the only place where they feel safe. After a period of time, however, their refuge becomes a prison for the boys.… Debut director and screenwriter Sonja Prosenc deftly breathes life into an original concept which helps her keep the viewer in a constant state of tension. The lead-up to the family tragedy gradually unfolds as an intimate drama conveyed via a nonlinear narrative; emphasis is placed on creating an increasingly dense atmosphere as the story develops. The impact of the film is heightened by the striking, in places almost claustrophobic, images created by cameraman Mitja Ličen, who also co-scripted the film.

About the director

Sonja Prosenc (b. 1977, Slovenj Gradec, Yugoslavia) studied journalism and culturology at the University of Ljubljana (2002), where she continued with post-graduate studies in communication sciences. She wrote and directed the short films Free-Spirited Friends (Nič novega, nič pretiranega, 2005) and Morning (Jutro, 2012) and the medium-length documentary The Man with a Raven (Mož s krokarjem, 2012). She attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Sarajevo Talent Campus, and TorinoFilmLab. The Tree is her feature debut. The screenplay for this film was developed as part of the EAVE programme.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Sonja Prosenc
Screenplay: Sonja Prosenc, Mitja Ličen
Dir. of Photography: Mitja Ličen
Music: Janez Dovč
Editor: Miloš Kalusek
Producer: Rok Sečen, Sandra Ržen, Sonja Prosenc
Production: Mono o
Coproduction: RTV Slovenija, Staragara, NuFrame
Cast: Katarina Stegnar, Jernej Kogovšek, Lukas Matija Rosas Uršič
Contact: Mono o


Sonja Prosenc

Film Director

Nerina Kocjancić

Film Institution Rep.

Rok Sečen


Mitja Ličen

Director of Photography

Katarina Stegnar


Sandra Ržen

Film Crew

Emil Cerar

Film Crew

Vasja Kokelj

Film Crew

Anton Špacapan

Film Crew

David Haskaj

Film Crew

Lukas Matija Rosas Uršič


Jožko Rutar

Distributor, Producer, Service Company Rep.

Saša Pavlin Stošič


Jenez Dovč

Music Composer


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