The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

The Red Turtle

La tortue rouge


Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6:15pm

An intriguing collaboration between independent Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit and the famed Studio Ghibli — longtime home of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”) — the dialogue-less “The Red Turtle” chronicles the major life stages of a castaway, a man stranded on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs, and birds but devoid of humans. The castaway finds himself confronted by a huge red turtle, which obstructs his efforts to escape the island. Eventually, however, the man and turtle develop a lasting bond. Making his feature debut, Dudok de Wit is best known for his much-laureled short “Father and Daughter” (2000), which won an Academy Award®, a BAFTA, the Grand Prix at Annecy, and dozens of other major prizes. Indiewire describes “The Red Turtle” as a “touching animated ode to the cycle of life,... a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process.”

80 min.

Directed by

Michael Dudok de Wit


Belgium France Japan

Film Category

Animation Spotlight International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus


Animals Nature