THE RED TURTLE

Michael Dudok De Wit

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This film closes on Thursday, June 22nd 

★★★★ – Irish Times
★★★★ – Guardian

The first international co-production for Studio Ghibli, the world-renowned Japanese animation studio responsible for modern classics such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo, is directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, Dutch-British director of the Oscar-winning short Father and Daughter (2000). The exquisite beauty and profound simplicity of the results lend The Red Turtle the quality of an ancient fable.

The film opens with a ship on a stormtossed sea and a man thrown overboard into the crashing waves; castaway onto a deserted island, the unnamed protagonist is forced to subsist by whatever means he can, his only companions being a group of sand crabs. The man tries to make his way back to civilisation by building a raft, but his efforts are repeatedly thwarted by an enormous red turtle who destroys his meagre craft every time.

(Notes by David O’ Mahony.)

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

80 mins, 2016, France-Japan, Digital

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