If you’re a fan of anime, or cartoons in general, you probably know Studio Ghibli and their films My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Spirited Away, and many more. The film studio and its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki have become such pop culture legends that when Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2013, the world became sad.
Miyazaki may have retired, but Ghibli is still producing films post-Miyazaki such as The Wind Rises, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There. And now there’s a new one!
Wild Bunch, a German film distribution and international sales company, has partnered with Studio Ghibli for The Red Turtle, an animated feature about a man who attempts to leave an empty island but has to fight a giant turtle. Besides the Ghibli stamp, another notable thing about this feature is that there is no dialogue. The film is directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit.
The Red Turtle began when Vincent Maraval, Wild Bunch’s head, met Miyazaki in 2008. Miyazaki showed Maraval the short film Father and Daughter, and asked if Maraval could convince the director, de Wit, to co-produce a feature film. De Wit agreed.
The film will premiere at the Un Certain Regard section at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, and will premiere in Japan in September 2016.
Watch the trailer below:
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