Film Series : Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

The Red Turtle

La Tortue Rouge / レッドタートル ある島の物語

2016, Michael Dudok de Wit, France/Japan, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 25th 6:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 28th 6:00pm

"A visually stunning poetic fable, but there’s more on its mind than simply beauty...THE RED TURTLE intends to enlarge our spirit as well as dazzle us, and in this it succeeds." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Dutch director Dudok de Wit, known for his beautifully crafted short animations, was approached by the legendary Studio Ghibli to be the first non-Japanese animator to helm one of their productions. With Isao Takahata (THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA) serving as artistic producer, the resulting collaboration is a unique synthesis of Western and Eastern approaches. The film begins as a Robinson Crusoe-like adventure tale, with a shipwrecked sailor cast away on an uninhabited tropical island, where his attempts to escape are repeatedly foiled by an enormous and mysterious red turtle. At this point, a stunning twist sends the film into the realm of parable, folklore, and fairy tale. Made entirely without dialogue, THE RED TURTLE relies on precision and visual style to convey humor, emotional nuance, and the lush but dangerous beauty of the island paradise, whose tiny population becomes a microcosm of the most far-reaching truths of human existence. DCP digital. (MR)

Tuesday, November 28: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

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