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by Goran Paskaljevic


The small village of Skillet in the west of Ireland, 1920's. Harry Maloney, as weathered and craggy as the landscape that surrounds him, is tormented by dreams in which he is transformed into a tree, only to be cut down and rendered into coffins. Harry lives with his son Gus in a falling-down house on the edge of town, a house whose decay began when Harry's favourite son died violently a couple years earlier, soon thereafter followed into the grave by his heartbroken mother. Harry believes that “a man is measured by his enemies”. So he picks George, pub owner, entrepreneur and undoubtedly the most powerful man in town, as his personal adversary.

original title: How Harry Became a Tree
country: Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom, France
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH (a brand of Telepool GmbH)
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Goran Paskaljevic
film run: 100'
release date: IT 01/03/2002, FR 10/07/2002, IE 26/07/2002
screenplay: Goran Paskaljevic, Christine Gentet, Stephen Walsh
cast: Colm Meaney, Adrian Dunbar, Cillian Murphy, Kerry Condon
cinematography by: Milan Spasic
film editing: Petar Putnikovic
art director: Lesley Oakley
costumes designer: Carol Betera
music: Stefano Arnaldi
producer: Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz, Liam O'Neill, Clive Parsons
production: Cattleya, Paradox Pictures, MACT Productions, Film and General Productions (UK)
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Swift (FR)
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