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Ghibli Co-Produced Film The Red Turtle's Teaser Reveals September 17 Opening in Japan

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film from Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit to screen at Cannes, Annecy

TOHO began streaming a Japanese teaser trailer for the Studio Ghibli co-produced film The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge) on Thursday. The video reveals the film's full Japanese title of Red Turtle - Aru Shima no Monogatari (Red Turtle - A Certain Island's Story), as well as the film's September 17 opening date in Japan.

Text: Where did you come from?
Text: Where are you going?
Text: Life?
Text: 69th Cannes International Film Festival
Text: Official Selection - Prix Un Certain Regard
Text: Red Turtle
Text: A Certain Island's Story
Text: Opens September 17 Nationwide

French television news website Télérama previously posted a different trailer for the film last week.

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.

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.

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