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.”