Michael Dudok de Wit, NL 2016
A castaway tries desperately to escape the deserted island where he washed ashore. Until, one day, he meets a mysterious turtle that will change his life.
Despite the fact that he is alone on the island, he slowly gathers a family around him. In a schematic way, the film tells the maturity of boy to man and portrays the circle of life. The magical undertone of the film transports the viewer back to a breath-taking childlike wonder.
Dutch film maker Michael Dudok de Wit won an Oscar for Best Short Animated Film with Father and Daughter in 2001, which makes him the most recent (for now) Dutch Oscar winner. The Red Turtle is his long-expected first long animated film, which he made in collaboration with the famous Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises). The film was selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize in the category Un Certain Regard.
Michael Dudok de Wit’s hypnotizing, entirely dialogue-free “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. – Variety
Adorably animated scuttling sand crabs provide comic relief as the ebb and flow of existence takes on a universal resonance. This is, quite simply, thoughtful and ultimately moving animation at its best. – Screendaily
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