The Red Turtle

PG, 81 minutes

This screening is part of: SMART KIDS II

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 collaborated with the legendary Studio Ghibli to be the first non-Japanese animator to helm one of their productions. 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 visual style to convey humor, emotional nuance, and the lush but dangerous beauty of the island paradise. (2016, Dudok de Wit, France/Belgium/Japan, 80 min)

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