In its third acquisition of an Official Selection title here in Cannes, Sony Pictures Classics has taken North and Latin American rights to Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle. The animated film premiered yesterday in Un Certain Regard to very strong reviews; The Telegraph calls it a “wordless wonder” (see trailer below).
This is Dudok de Wit’s first feature. He previously won a Best Animated Short Film Oscar for 2000’s Father And Daughter. This is also the first international co-production for famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. It partnered on the film with France’s Wild Bunch, in association with Why Not Productions.
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.
“The Red Turtle takes you on an ultimate journey through life. It sweeps you up in fantasy, poetry, and awesome visual beauty. Artistically and commercially it is a major movie for all ages,” says Sony Pictures Classics.
SPC’s other Cannes acquisitions this year include Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann.
Here’s The Red Turtle trailer: