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Studio Ghibli Co-Produced Film The Red Turtle's Trailer Streamed

posted on by Karen Ressler
Film from Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit to screen at Cannes, Annecy

French television news website Télérama posted the first trailer to the Studio Ghibli co-produced film The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge) on Friday.

The Red Turtle is the latest work by award-winning Dutch animator and director Michael Dudok de Wit ("The Monk and the Fish," "Father & Daughter" animated shorts). Studio Ghibli is co-producing the film with French film production and distribution company Wild Bunch.

The film is screening at the Cannes Film Festival this month and it will open the 40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June. Toho will open the film in Japan in September.

Director de Wit temporarily moved to Koganei in Tokyo (where Studio Ghibli is headquartered) to work on the film, completing the film's storyboards and the scenario in his time there, while Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata checked them. Takahata also serves as the "artistic producer" for the film. Pascale Ferran (Bird People) wrote the film's script.

The director's "Father & Daughter" short won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001. The Red Turtle is de Wit's first feature film.

Wild Bunch co-produced Studio Ghibli's 2010 anime film The Secret World of Arrietty. The company also distributed Park Chan-Wook's 2003 live-action film Oldboy, which was inspired by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's manga of the same name.

Source: Télérama via Catsuka, Animation Scope; embedded video from Blog Studio Ghibli


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