Michael Dudok de Wit’s debut feature The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge) has taken home the special jury prize at last night’s Un Certain Regard category at Cannes. While this is not the top prize, it is still a great achievement for the film, which was the only animated project among 18 competing films.
‘The Red Turtle’, Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production, will now be making it was to Annecy where it will be the festival’s opening night film. Sony Pictures Classic recently announced that it has purchases all U.S. distribution rights for the film which it hopes will earn them their first Oscar nomination in the feature animation category since Sylvain Chomet’s ‘The Illusionist’.
Prima Linea Productions handled the animation production on Red Turtle; other companies involved in the production and financing of the film include Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinema, CN4 Productions, and Belvision.