A new trailer for The Red Turtle, the French/Japanese film co-produced by Ghibli and the Wild Bunch and directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, has been posted online with perhaps too large a revelation for certain tastes. The basic synopsis tells of a man who attempts to escape from a deserted island, but whose attempts at raft-building are repeatedly thwarted by the appearance of a red turtle. However, a watch of this video uncovers that there are many more complexities to the story.

The Red Turtle (or La Tortue Rouge) will be given its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18th. 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.”

Update: The Red Turtle‘s Japanese distributors TOHO have released their own teaser trailer for the film, confirming its September 17th premiere date in Japan and noting its selection for the 69th Cannes Film Festival. The video also reveals the film’s full Japanese title of Red Turtle – Aru Shima no Monogatari (A Certain Island’s Story).

 The trailer’s text translates as follows:

Where did you come from?
Where are you going?
69th Cannes International Film Festival
Official Selection – Prix Un Certain Regard
Red Turtle
A Certain Island’s Story

Opens September 17th Nationwide

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This movie reminds me of Castaway but look very artistically beautiful.