The Red Turtle, the French/Japanese animated film co-produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, came away from the Cannes Film Festival with the Special Jury Prize. The film screened on Wednesday as part of the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, after its latest trailers revealed the tale’s true depths.
Entertainment news website Deadline describe the film in their report:
The dialogue-free picture centers on a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. When he builds a wooden raft, he is confronted by the titular turtle. The story then follows the milestones in his life on the island which include meeting a woman and starting a family.
Dudok de Wit, who wrote the Oscar-winning short film ‘Father and Daughter’, also 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.”