Studio Ghibli’s silent animated film “The Red Turtle” won the Special Jury Prize in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category at the Cannes Film Festival.
“The Red Turtle” is Studio Ghibli’s first animated feature since the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki in 2013. Produced in collaboration with French company Wild Bunch (“The Secret World of Arrietty”), the film is directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. It was well-received at the Festival and reportedly received a standing ovation at its screening.
The film’s story is centred on a man who finds himself on an island after being shipwrecked. He builds a raft so he can leave the island but encounters the red turtle of the film’s title which sinks his vessel, stranding him once again. He learns to live on the island by himself until he miraculously meets a woman who washes up on the shore.
The ‘Un Certain Regard’ category recognises young talent and innovative Festival entries. Although the film did not win the top prize in the category, a Special Jury Prize is highly regarded and still a sign of great critical acclaim.
The film is slated for release in French cinemas in June and Japanese release in September, with Sony Pictures Classics to distribute “The Red Turtle” in America.
If you’d like a glimpse of post-Miyazaki Studio Ghibli, you can watch the stunning trailer for “The Red Turtle” below!