Red Trees (2017)

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Award-winning filmmaker, Marina Willer (Cartas da Mãe), creates an impressionistic visual essay as she traces her father's family journey as one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Photographed by Academy Award (R) nominee Cesar 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), who witnessed bureaucratic nightmares, transportations and suicides but survived to build a post-war life as an architect in Brazil. As the world struggles with the current refugee crisis, RED TREES is a timely look at a family besieged by war who finds peace across an ocean.

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The sad truth is that we've heard countless harrowing stories of the Holocaust, and this one, for the most part, isn't presented in a way that makes it indelible or urgent.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Cinematically and emotionally it's a mixed bag, a slow-moving visual treatise and occasional vanity piece that requires - but doesn't always earn - our indulgence.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

In the end, this relentlessly scenic travelogue/valentine is Willer literally giving her old man peace of mind.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Not just a story of survival, it is a statement about the values of a family that were not only considered anathema to the Nazis but to the alt-right of today. In many ways, this is the most powerful anti-fascist film you will see this or any other year.

Sep 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Willer's essay film is obviously a cathartic experience, her documenting a family history that transcends the personal towards the universal.

Sep 16, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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