One of the most anticipated animated features of 2016 will have one of the most coveted film premiere slots: the Cannes Film Festival.
The festival, which runs May 11-22, has announced that Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle will premiere in its Un Certain Regard category. The project marks the feature-length debut of the 62-year-old director who has received much praise throughout the years for his short films The Monk and the Fish (1994) and Father and Daughter (2000).
Though produced in Europe, The Red Turtle was made under the auspices of Studio Ghibli. Dudok de Wit reportedly created the storyboards at Ghibli in Japan under the oversight of Isao Takahata, who is credited as the film’s artistic producer.