Dutch director’s film 'The Red Turtle' wins at Cannes

Dutch director’s film 'The Red Turtle' wins at Cannes

A poetic and beautiful animated feature film, directed by Dutchman Michaël Dudok de Wit, has won the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

"The Red Turtle" tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island, and his strange encounters with a giant red turtle.

Michaël Dudok de Wit is an animator and the creator of the 2000 Oscar-winning short film "Father and Daughter". To produce his first feature film Dudok de Wit teamed up with iconic Japanese film house Studio Ghibli and French filmmaker Pascale Ferran.

The 80 minute movie has no dialogue, seamlessly combines eastern and western visual styles and makes use of both hand-drawn and digital animation techniques.

The Dutch premiere of "The Red Turtle" is taking place on June 20 at the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam. Check out the trailer below.

Beatrice Clarke


Beatrice Clarke

Beatrice is a native Melbournian who moved to the Netherlands in 2009. With a background in independent publishing and fashion, Beatrice honed her understanding of Dutch language and culture working...

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