Bob and the Trees

About

YEAR 2014

SECTION NEXT

COUNTRY U.S.A./France

RUN TIME 91 min

Bob, a 50-something farmer with a soft spot for golf, gangsta rap, and the trees he knows so well, has hopes of bettering his station in life. When a large wood lot goes on sale for a good price, Bob sees the investment as an opportunity to come out on top. That night, however, on a neighboring farm, a skunk bites a pig, giving it rabies. The incident forces the authorities to quarantine the farm, which puts a scare into the entire town. This is only the first turn of events that will plague Bob’s once quiet, content life in rural Massachusetts.

Bob and the Trees is a rare, authentic portrait of modern-day rural life. First-time director Diego Ongaro creates a beautifully rich and transporting sense of atmosphere, time, and place as a farming community confronts the challenges of a sinking economy and a changing climate. —S.F.



Screens With:
A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry—A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.

EMAIL BobandtheTrees@gmail.com

Credits

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Screenwriter
Music
Sound Design
Director
Editor
Cinematographer

Artist Bio

Diego Ongaro is a French director living in rural western Massachusetts. In 2005, he directed Me, My Bag and My Ball, a short that won the Canal+ Award at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He has since directed three other short films: Return to Labradoria, Rice and Meat, and Bob and the Trees, the latter being the inspiration for the feature film bearing the same name. Ongaro likes carpentry, sausages, Playmobils, and raking leaves.