The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals on Earth, and Studio Ghibli’s latest offering, The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wi, is going home as a festival winner. The Ghibli-co-produced film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Un Certain Regard section, after the film was screened at the festival on 18 May 2016.
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Another Japanese film, Harmonium, by Japanese director Kouji Fukada, bagged the UCR Jury Prize during Cannes.
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Aside from the always-prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Red Turtle will be opening the 40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June before making its Japanese premiere in September 2016.
Director de Wit, is an Academy Award-winning animation director, just like Ghibli’s own Hayao Miyazaki. He actually moved to Japan temporarily in order to direct the film at Studio Ghibli, where he worked with the studio’s own Isao Takahata, who serves as the film’s artistic producer. de Wit is best known for animated short films, and The Red Turtle will be his first feature-length movie. He won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film back in 2001 for “Father & Daughter.”