The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees (L’homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953. In 1987, the book produced as a short animated film directed by Frédéric Back. The film won the Academy Award (1988) for Best Animated Short Film. It also competed for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. In 1994, it was voted number 44 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. The book tells the story of a solitary sheperd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single-handedly transforming his arid surroundings into a thriving oasis. Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, the sheperd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns with the greatest care. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again. A film of great beauty and hope, this story is a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person.