Years ago, the filmmaker glimpsed a lone house in the mountains. Inexplicably, the image of that house has been lurking inside his mind since then and became the impetus for making THE TREE HOUSE. This film is a journey to visualize the image of the lone house in the memory and while doing so, the present reality unfolds the stories of the people who live in these godforsaken places in the mountains of Vietnam. In the mountains, there are many concealed stories such as the indigenous Ruc people’s nostalgia for their primitive life in the caves, which used to be their only home. Another story is the encounter of a man with the new world who had been living in the deep jungle for 40 years since he was born. The house in the memory (or, the lost home) becomes a light in the dark night that connects every human being’s story.

Director’s note
I envisage that the process of making THE TREE HOUSE would be like the ethnography work of an anthropologist, who at the same time writes truthfully what happens in front of his eyes and also reveals the hidden connections between things. This film is a visual attempt to document a very small part of the immense universe of our memory. By entering the realm of memory, I would like to invite all of us to imagine much more. To understand the reality, maybe what we really need is an innocent imagination like the one of those children who we used to be long time ago.

World premiere
Locarno International Film Festival 2019, Concorso Cineasti del presente

Key festivals and awards
Locarno International Film Festival 2019, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020

Director: Truong Minh Quý
Producers: Lantern Production (China), Levo Films Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), JK Film (Vietnam), inselfilm produktion (Germany)
German WCF partner: inselfilm produktion
World sales: Levo Films (Singapore)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2017
Funding amount: 25.000 €