Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

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/Belgium/Japan, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 21st 2:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 22nd 3:15pm
  • Sun, Apr 23rd 5:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 24th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 24th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 25th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Apr 26th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Apr 27th 8:15pm

"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

"It’s wordless, but it speaks volumes...THE RED TURTLE is poetry made cinema, an exquisite existential allegory that says everything without having to say anything at all." — Andrew Crump, The Playlist

This Oscar-nominated animated fable is as delicate as a dream and as vividly immersive as an IMAX nature documentary. Dutch director Dudok de Wit, known for his beautifully crafted short animations (including the 2000 Oscar-winning FATHER AND DAUGHTER), 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. He attempts to escape by building rafts, but his efforts 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)

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