Los Angeles Times

ALONE ON AN ISLAND

- — Tracy Brown

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

 ?? Photograph­s by Mariah Tauger ?? FILMMAKER Michael Dudok de Wit, left, sits down with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan for a Q&A after a recent screening of his film “The Red Turtle” as part of The Envelope’s Screening Series for The Times.
Photograph­s by Mariah Tauger FILMMAKER Michael Dudok de Wit, left, sits down with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan for a Q&A after a recent screening of his film “The Red Turtle” as part of The Envelope’s Screening Series for The Times.
 ??  ?? BORN in the Netherland­s, the animated “Red Turtle” is the 63-year-old Dudok de Wit’s first feature film.
BORN in the Netherland­s, the animated “Red Turtle” is the 63-year-old Dudok de Wit’s first feature film.

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