As the world struggles with the current refugee crisis, Red Trees serves as a timely look at a family besieged by war who finds peace across an ocean. Award-winning filmmaker Marina Willer (Cartas da Mãe) creates an impressionistic visual essay as she traces her father’s journey as a member of one of only 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Photographed by Academy Award nominee César Charlone (City of God), the film travels from war-torn Eastern Europe to the color and light of South America and is told through the voice of Willer’s father, Alfred (as narrated by Tim Piggot-Smith, Quantum of Solace, Victoria & Abdul), who witnessed bureaucratic nightmares, transportations and suicides but survived to build a post-war life as an architect in Brazil.
Sophia Cowley of Film Inquiry said, “With Red Trees, Marina Willer does something both intimate and daring. Its vivid shots ensure the entire film plays out like a series of moving paintings.” “In many ways, this is the most powerful anti-fascist film you will see this or any other year,” wrote Louis Proyect of Counterpunch.org. Jared Mobarak of The Film Stage called it “a family history that transcends the personal towards the universal.”
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