Los Angeles Times
ALONE ON AN ISLAND
The Envelope welcomes a select audience of Hollywood guild members and Oscar voters during awards season to consider some of the year’s most-talked-about films at the Envelope Screening Series. Each screening is followed by a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers moderated by an L.A. Times journalist. For those of you unable to attend the screening, The Envelope brings you highlights here in print.
In this installment, we screened “The Red Turtle,” Michael Dudok de Wit’s animated film about a castaway of an unseen shipwreck who washes ashore on a desert island. After realizing he is completely alone, the nameless man is determined to escape but finds his efforts impeded by a large red turtle. A co-production of Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, the dialogueless film is Dudok de Wit’s first featurelength film as well as the first movie made by a non-Japanese filmmaker for Ghibli. Dudok de Wit discussed how he came to work with Ghibli, his decision to visit one of the Seychelles islands and why the movie has no dialogue. “The Red Turtle” will go into wider release Jan. 20. For ESS videos, go to latimes.com/envelopevideos.
‘I knew straightaway that he would not leave the island. He would stay there. But why would he stay there? What do you do when you’re alone on a desert island? That’s such a simple question and it really fascinated me.’ — Michael Dudok de Wit ‘To write a story for a feature film is a challenge. It’s not something you just do. But there was one thing that immediately came to mind … the well-known theme of a castaway on a desert island.’ — Michael Dudok de Wit ‘I really believed we needed some dialogue … [but] in this film it just didn’t feel right. It was not like a big statement: a film without dialogue. It was more like the film actually can convey naturally that the dialogue is not necessary.’ — Michael Dudok de Wit