The first trailer for the Studio Ghibli, Why Not Productions, and Wild Bunch co-production The Red Turtle (or La Tortue rouge) is out, and promises a style and story that we haven’t quite seen in Ghibli before. The film, which contains no dialogue, follows a man stranded on a deserted tropical island who encounters a giant turtle and a woman lost at sea. The art is gorgeous, and the trailer features lots of wide shots that promise an emotional story.
I really like that the French-Japanese film has no dialogue, letting the art and sound speak for itself. London-based animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, who directed the award-winning short film Father and Daughter, is a perfect fit for this story. His affinity for creating narrative and communicating with minimalist art and composition makes me very happy that this is his debut feature. While there’s definitely a lot that departs from the more traditional Ghibli films, I can still catch themes of living with nature and family that definitely speak to the older films. Just think of how often Miyazaki incorporates water in his stories as spaces of healing and change!
The Red Turtle will premier in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in France, and September 2016 in Japan.
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