The animation depicts the life of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds. The man tries to escape from the island on a raft, but he is confronted by a giant, red turtle, who seem to thwart his efforts. The film has no dialogues.
“The Red Turtle” was co-created by the German Wild Bunch studio, French Why Not Productions and Japanese Studio Ghibli. The film was directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, whose filmography includes several animations, i. a. “Father and Daughter”, an Oscar-winning animated short film. The script was written by Pascale Ferran, known for such films as “Bird People”. Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”, “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, “Pom Poko”) served as an artistic producer and Toshio Suzuki, famous for his long-term collaboration with Hayao Miyazaki (on such films as “Porco Rosso”, “Spirited Away”, “Howl’s Moving Castle”) took on a role of an executive producer.
The film premiered at this year’s edition of Cannes Film Festival.
Original title: La Tortue rouge
Director: Michaël Dudok de Wit, writer: Pascale Ferran, music: Laurent Perez Del Mar, France/Belgium/Japan 2016, animation, 80 min.