Past Event19 Jul - 31 Jul 2016

The Red Turtle

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The Civic


"If one day Studio Ghibli decides to produce an animator from outside the studio, it will be him", was Miyazaki’s pronouncement after watching Dudok de Wit’s Oscar-winning animated short Father and Daughter… Sixteen years after Father and Daughter, Studio Ghibli and Dudok de Wit’s collaboration has come into being.

It begins in the middle of a storm. Grey waves and raindrops engulf the screen. In the corner, a tiny head surfaces and then sinks. The nameless man is washed up on a beach with bits of his broken boat. A crab crawls up his leg. When he goes to explore, the view pulls right back so all we see is a remote island while his cries ring out. His only company is a cast of crabs (such an apt collective noun!). Several times he tries to escape with a makeshift bamboo raft, but each time a mysterious force in the water breaks up his boat. Eventually he discovers his secretive aggressor: the titular red turtle. 

I’ll leave it there with the plot, because you don’t really want to know much more about a mythical fantasy like this one before you see it…

Pictures are the film’s currency and they are, without exaggeration, sublime… The depth and texture on show here – conjured from a surge of pencil marks and watercolour washes – is remarkable. The film is a must for the big screen." - Isabel Stevens, Sight & Sound 

The Red Turtle

La Tortue rouge
France/Japan/Belgium 2016 
80 mins

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Producer: Takahata Isao

Screenplay: Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran

Editor: Céline Kélépikis

Animation: Jean-Christophe Lie

Production designer: Julien De Man

Music: Laurent Perez del Mar

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2016

Awards: Special Jury Prize (Un Certain Regard), Cannes Film Festival 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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