| || || |
|Michael Dudok de Wit
The Red Turtle
(La Tortue rouge)
France, Belgium 2016
For audiences aged 7 and above
|"Familiar but different" is a perfect description of Dudok de Wit's mesmerising debut feature even if you've never seen the Ghibli logo before in your life. It begins, elegantly but straightforwardly, as the tale of a lone castaway surviving on a desert island. No prologue, context, or even names: in the film's opening shots, our anonymous hero is already being tossed in mountainous waves.
Soon, though, his story blooms into something more mysterious and meditative - and though there isn't a single word of dialogue in the film's 80-minute running time, the big questions it asks, about ambition, acceptance and the beauty of companionship, ring loud in every heart-melting frame.
Robbie Collin / The Telegraph
Director: Michae Dudok de Wit
Michael Dudok de Wit (born in 1953) is a Dutch animator, director and illlustrator. Dubok de Wit has previously directed award-winning short films, such as Monk and the Fish (1994) and Father and Daughter (2000) which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The Red Turtle is his first full-length feature film.
|Screenplay: Michael Dudok de Wit & Pascale Ferran
Music: Laurent Perez del Mar
Artistic Producer: Isao Takahata
Production: Valérie Schermann & Christophe Jankovic / Prima Linea Productions