This year’s line-up for France’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and among them is The Red Turtle Studio Ghibli’s collaborative work with Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. Appearing in the 69th festival’s Un Certain Regard, grouping 20 films from various cultures and approaches to filmmaking, Ghibli’s first foreign animated co-production was first scheduled to be previewed at the event, ahead of its opening on September 7th in Japan. The film has also released a brand new poster for the occasion.

The movie’s dialogue-devoid story tells of a man who attempts to escape from a deserted island, but his attempts at raft-building are repeatedly thwarted by the appearance of a red turtle. Dudok de Wit, who wrote the Oscar-winning short film ‘Father and Daughter’, says that the film “shows a deep respect for nature, including human nature, and conveys a sense of peace and awe at the immensity of life.”

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This looks utterly fantastic. the element of no dialogue has shown to work extremly well with films like Triplets of Belleville, Boy and the World, and The Illusionist. It can be done….too bad this probably won’t get time in a lot of theaters 🙂

Elisabeth O'Neill

I’m excited about this too, and animation does seem to have the kind of hyper-expressive potential that suits a silent feature. Like life, but somehow more real. I’d love to see it on the big screen, but yeah, it’s doubtful how many will take this film on.