Studio Ghibli’s first co-production directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit premieres this week at the Cannes Film Festival currently underway in France.
Days before the film is set to premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival currently underway in France, Studio Ghibli has released a new trailer for London-based Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle.
The dialogue-free 2D-animated feature by the Oscar-winning director of Father and Daughter (2000) and The Monk and the Fish (1994) is a co-production of France’s Wild Bunch and Japan’s Studio Ghibli. The first co-production for the famed Japanese animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli took on the main production costs, with Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, Kiki's Delivery Service) serving as artistic producer.
Written by de Wit in collaboration with director and writer Pascale Ferran (Lady Chatterly, Bird People), The Red Turtle tells the story of a sailor marooned on a deserted tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. His desperate attempts to escape are thwarted by a giant turtle that sinks his makeshift raft, and he learns to live in isolation until he comes upon a woman lost at sea and begins a life with her.
Wild Bunch is handling international sales for the project.
Source: Studio Ghibli