UN CERTAIN REGARD · SPECIAL PRIZE · WINNER · CANNES 2016
"NOT ONLY VISUALLY STUNNING, ITS MEDITATIVE CONCERNS WITH THE RHYTHMS OF THE NATURAL WORLD AND THE MYSTERIES AND WONDERS OF ORDINARY LIFE ARE HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS. A KNOCKOUT USE OF COLOR."
Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"GRADE A+! A TOUCHING ANIMATED ODE TO THE CYCLE OF LIFE. A MASTERPIECE OF IMAGES."
Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
A FILM BY
MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT
Opens New York & Los Angeles January 20th · View Theaters

Synopsis

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Filmmakers

  • Original Story
    Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Screenplay
    Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Adaptation
    Pascale Ferran and Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Design
    Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Music
    Laurent Perez del Mar
  • Artistic Producer
    Isao Takahata
  • Animation Studio and Producers
    Prima Linea Productions
    Valérie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic
  • Production Manager
    Tanguy Olivier
  • 1st Assistant Director
    Jean-Pierre Bouchet
  • Storyboard
    Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Chief Animator
    Jean-Christophe Lie
  • Assistant Chief Animator
    Marie Bouchet
  • Layout Supervisor
    Eric Briche
  • Background Supervisor
    Julien De Man
  • Color Supervisor
    Emma McCann
  • Shadow Animator
    Pascal Herbreteau
  • Composting Supervisors
    Jean-Pierre Bouchett and Amaud Bois
  • Special Effects Supervisor
    Mouloud Oussid
  • Editor
    Céline Kélépikis
  • Digital Grading
    Peter Bernaers
  • Sound Supervisor
    Bruno Seznec
  • Mix
    Fabien Devillers
  • Sound Editor
    Mattieu Michaux
  • Sound Design
    Alexandre Fleurant and Sébastion Marquilly
  • Foley Artist
    Florian Fabre
  • Sound
    Piste Rouge
"'The Red Turtle' is a fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling."
Peter Debrudge, VARIETY
"A simple, gripping story of survival."
Noel Murray, AV CLUB

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About the Director

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.

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About Toshio Suzuki

Producer and Chairman of Studio Ghibli

Born in 1948 in Nagoya, Japan. Toshio Suzuki graduated from Keio University with a degree in Literature in 1972, and joined the publishing company Tokuma Shoten Co., Ltd. After working for the weekly magazine "Asahi Geino", Suzuki co-founded the monthly animation magazine "Animage". While working as its vice editor, and later chief editor, for the magazine for 12 years, he took part in the production of films by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, including NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984), CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986), GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) and KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989). He participated in the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985, and has worked full-time at the Studio since 1989. Suzuki served as the producer for ONLY YESTERDAY (1991), PORCO ROSSO (1992), POM POKO (1994), WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995), PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997), MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (1999), SPIRITED AWAY (2001), THE CAT RETURNS (2002), HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (2004), TALES FROM EARTHSEA (2006), PONYO (2008), THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (2010), FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (2011) and THE WIND RISES (directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2013). He served as planner for Ghibli's latest film THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (2013). He served as producer for THE RED TURTLE (2016), directed by Michael Dudok de Wit.

He has also served as producer for other projects such as Hideaki Anno's live action film RITUAL (2000) and the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka (opened in 2001 in Mitaka, Tokyo). He is the co-producer of Mamoru Oshii's animated feature INNOCENCE (2004, a Production I.G film) and, with Hideaki Anno, of the "Tokusatsu" special effects short film "A GIANT WARRIOR DESCENDS ON TOKYO" (2012, directed by Shinji Higuchi). Since 2007, he has hosted his own radio talk show "Toshio Suzuki's Ghibli Asemamire" on Tokyo FM. He is also the author of several books, including "Eiga Doraku" (Movies as a Hobby, 2005), "Shigoto Doraku" (Work as a Hobby, 2008) and "Ghibli no Tetsugaku" (Ghibli's Philosophy, 2011).

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