A-Z FILMS presents THE RED TURTLE, directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, opens in Toronto Jan 27


“A fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling.”    –   Variety


A visually stunning, and dialogue-free portrayal of a new timeless fairy tale.

THE RED TURTLE (La Tortue Rouge)
a Studio Ghibli co-production
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit

Starting in theatres
January 27, 2017
In Toronto – tiff Bell Lightbox – 350 King St., W.
Also opens in Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Ste-Adele, Laval, Boucherville

February 3, 2017
In Ottawa – ByTowne Cinema – 325 Rideau St. Ottawa K1N 5Y4

Awash in accolades after a year-long festival run with a world premiere at Cannes, and a North American premiere at TIFF, The Red Turtle starts its Canadian theatrical run in Toronto (tiff Bell Lightobx), Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Ste-Adele, Laval, Boucherville on Friday, January 27.

A nameless man finds himself washed ashore on a deserted island with only the animal inhabitants to keep him company. The man attempts to escape the island by constructing a bamboo raft, with some assistance from the comically ever-present island crabs. His efforts are thwarted, however, by the appearance of a mysterious giant red turtle.

The man’s plans to leave the island change, when he discovers the giant turtle is not exactly what it first appears to be.

Maintaining a distance from the man, and by avoiding the use of dialogue, the man is a blank slate that is both mysterious and universally identifiable.  His hyper-simplistic character design fits within the texture-rich environment and fluid score to create a surreal tale the Telegraph called a “wordless wonder.”

“I’ve just got this deep love for beauty of nature and for deep underlying goodness of the human race, which is part of nature,” says director Michael Dudok de Wit. “It’s the same thing, in a way. It’s not a film about survival, like Robinson Crusoe—the story describes very quickly how he finds food and water, and he’s fine in a warm climate. What interests me much more was his relationship with nature, and our personalities are so much influenced by the people around us, whether we like it or not.”

The Red Turtle premiered at Cannes, where it was nominated for the “Camera d’Or”, and won the “Un Certain Regard” Special Prize. It has been nominated for Best Animated Feature by the Critics’ Choice Awards, received runner up for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Animated Film, and has been nominated for several awards by the International Animated Film Association Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature – Independent. It recently was named runner up for Best Animated Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle. In February the film is up for five Annie Awards.

The Red Turtle is the first international co-production from legendary Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli.

About Michael Dudok de Wit
Michael Dudok de Wit is a Dutch animator, director and illustrator based in London. He has directed and animated a number of award winning commercials, and his short film “Father and Daughter”  won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001.

About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli is a legendary Japanese animation studio, best known for its anime feature films. The studio has received critical acclaim and numerous awards its films, including the 2003 Academy Award for Best animated feature for the film “Spirited Away”.

About A-Z Films
Established in 1998, A-Z Films is a Montreal-based company that produces and distributes feature-length motion pictures. A-Z Films also distributes DVD’s and broadcasts its features on Canadian television. A-Z Films purchases the rights to distribute Quebec, Canadian, and foreign films from countries such as France, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Lebanon, Egypt, Denmark, and the USA.