Flemish short film 'The Fruit Tree' selected for Venice Film Festival

The short film 'The Fruit Tree' by Belgian filmmaker Isabelle Tollenaere has been selected for the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which takes place from 31 August to 10 September. The festival organisation announced this on Tuesday. The film will have its world premiere in Venice as part of the Orizzonti competition for innovative international short films.

In 'The Fruit Tree', a young woman named Sharleece wanders through a house for rent in the sleepy desert town where she lives, California City. Looking out of the window, she recalls unexpected memories of her childhood home in Los Angeles. The story builds on a scene from 'Victoria', a documentary shot by Isabelle Tollenaere in 2019 with Sofie Benoot and Liesbeth De Ceulaer which was selected for the Berlin Film Festival in 2020.

Tollenaere not only wrote the story for 'The Fruit Tree', but also directed the short film. She also took care of photography, in collaboration with Grimm Vandekerckhove. 'The Fruit Tree' came about with support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) .





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