BEST SHORT DOC MED Film Festival. FESTIVAL PREMIERE BFI FLARE London • Nominated BEST ITALIAN SHORT Milan International Film Festival Awards • Honorable Mention – Best Short OUTSHINE Miami • FINALIST Kashish Mumbai LGBT+ Film Festival. Finalist ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival
THE RED TREE tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote prison island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime.
In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before during the Fascist era he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being homosexual.
As he walks the island alone, memories come back – of all-male dances in his home town in Sicily in the 1930s, of his beating and arrest, the difficulty of prison life on the island, the suffering of gay men under fascism, and their public humiliation after their return. And of this unique island where all the prisoners were gay, and the seeds of a community were first sown.
FESTIVALS • BFI Flare. Lovers LGBT Festival Torino. Mix Milano. Med FF Sicily. Connecticut LGBT FF. Gaze Dublin LGBT FF. Galway Film Fleadh. Leeds Queer Film Festival. ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival. Pietrasanta Film Festival. Firenze FilmCorti International Festival. OUTshine Film Festival – Miami Edition.