RED TREES is director Marina Willer’s exploration of today’s refugee crisis, mirrored in the story of her own family. It is a story that circles between Europe and Latin America; just one example of the cultural and racial richness of a world in which migration is a fact of life. Marina is a designer, film maker and partner at an internationally renowned design agency. She tells the story of her father and her grandfather and how theirs was one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War Two. At the war’s end, they fled from Czechoslovakia to a new life in Brazil, where her father Alfred Willer grew to become a successful and influential architect. The past is brought vividly to life by the voices of Alfred and narrator Tim Pigott-Smith. In the present day, the camera of Oscar-nominated DOP César Charlone explores the architecture of Prague and the industrial landscape, now in ruins, where Alfred’s father worked as a chemical engineer.

redtreesbluStudio: Cohen Media Group
Year: 2018
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Run time: 80 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: French: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

As the world struggles with the current refugee crisis, a powerful new film serves as a timely look at a family besieged by war who finds peace across an ocean. The acclaimed RED TREES, a film with “of-the-moment resonance” (The Hollywood Reporter), will arrive on Cohen Media Group Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital platforms, on January 23, 2018.

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.
Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio. While this might not be the most eye popping image presentation but you will not be left disappointed. This is a very defined image. It screams pop with nice details. Colors look natural bringing out the colors on the screen. Blacks are also very deep. Fleshtones also have excellent details with proper lighting that gives faces a more natural look.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a French DTS-HD MA l0ssless 5.1 mix. The audio score is tame here with “Come What May” and never tries to be something more than it should be. The important part here is that the audio never tries to be something more. Dialogue is channeled through the center with no apparent issues as the audio was clean and crisp. The film is in French with English subtitles.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Interview with Director Marina Willer
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 6/10

Final Thoughts

You have here a fantastic tale, gripping story and the kind of film that will have you get attached to many of the characters. I really enjoyed “Red Trees” quite a bit and highly recommend it.
Overall Rating: 8/10