The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)


Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 9, 2016 3:00 PM
Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 1:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:80 min.
Director:Michael Dudok de Wit
Producer:Valérie Schermann
Christophe Jankovic
Screenwriter:Michael Dudok de Wit
Editor:Céline Kélépikis
Cast:Tom Hudson
Emmanuel Garijo
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics


In its very first international co-production, revered Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli delivers an astonishing, wordless fable about a man deserted on a perilous island inhabited by animals. The film chronicles the stages of his life on the isle in beautifully rendered, minimalist imagery and charcoal backdrops, as he first struggles to survive his new environment before stumbling upon a mysterious woman with whom he falls in love and builds a life. Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit, the winner of a 2001 Academy Award® for the animated short Father and Daughter (MVFF 2016), makes his feature debut with the film, the recipient of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Co-scripted by French writer/director Pascale Ferran (Bird People), The Red Turtle marks a striking change of pace for the renowned animation studio that brought us such classics as Spirited Away and Grave of the Fireflies.
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Michael Dudok de Wit (1953, the Netherlands) is an animator, director and illustrator. He is presently based in London where he directs and animates award-winning commercials for television and cinema. In 1978, he graduated from the West Surrey College of Art with his first film The Interview followed by The Monk and the Fish (1994), which was made in France with the studio Folimage. This film was nominated for an Oscar and has won numerous prizes including a César Award for Best Short Film and the Cartoon d’Or. His most well-known film Father and Daughter (2000) won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, the Grand Prix at Annecy, and dozens of other major awards. This was followed by The Aroma of Tea (2006), an experimental film painted entirely with tea. Michael also writes and illustrates children’s picture books and teaches animation at art colleges and universities in England and abroad.