The international films and arts community today got their look at the line-up of France's high profile 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This 69th festival's Un Certain Regard (a grouping of 20 films from different cultures and filmmaking approaches) selections include The Red Turtle, the first foreign animated film that Studio Ghibli contributed to. It was previously scheduled to be previewed at the event. It's scheduled to open in Japan September 7th.
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The Red Turtle is directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit (Oscar winning short "Father and Daughter") with Ghibli co-found Isao Takahata working as Artistic Producer. Hayao Miyazaki recruited Wit, who wrote and storyboarded the film at Ghibli before taking the project to France for production. The Japanese release is scheduled for September 2016.
The story of the film, which is told without dialogue, is about a man who attempts to escape a deserted island by building a raft, only to be thwarted repeatedly by a mysterious red turtle. According to Dudok de Wit, the film “shows a deep respect for nature, including human nature, and conveys a sense of peace and awe at the immensity of life.”