"Red Trees"

The filmmaker's family was one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during the Second World War. In a  father (voiced by Tim Piggot Smith "King Charles III") recounts the exceptional circumstances of the family's escape, in a journey fuelled by the scientific grandeur of his father. He was a master chemist who co-created the formula for citric acid — a recipe which he hid from the Gestapo in his wife’s recipe book. His scientific achievements afforded my family the opportunity to go to Brazil under the guise of a research project into the use of soya in food production. 

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, the news is still flooded with stories of how our governments continue to turn their backs of the plight of families. In 2015, war, violence and persecution has left one in every 122 humans on the planet a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. "Red Trees" is a glimpse into the fear and hope that refugees experience, serving as an important insight into the very human stories behind the statistics. 

Directed by Marina Willer. Cinematography by César Charlone (Academy Award nomination for "City of Light").

Fri September 15: Q&A with director Marina Willer at the Quad Cinema's 7.05pm screening.


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 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. With cinematography by Academy Award nominee César Charlone ("City of God"), the film travels from war-torn Eastern Europe to 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, suicides and more, 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 that is besieged by war, but finds peace across an ocean.

Screening followed by Q&A with Marina Willer


Thursday, September 28, 2017 (All day)



Lincoln Plaza Cinema
1886 Broadway
New York, NY 10023


(212) 757-2280

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