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Being in the World: The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

Climate Series, Being in the World Film Festival

dateOctober 18, 2022 timeTuesday, 7:00pm–8:30pm EDT location Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Columbia Climate School
  • University Institute for Ideas and Imagination
  • Columbia Global Centers | Paris
  • Alliance Program
  • European Institute
  • Knapp Family Foundation
  • Maison Française
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Animated image of a red turtle swimming towards a person standing on a makeshift raft

Film Screening

The Red Turtle
(La tortue rouge) by Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016

Film in French with English subtitles

Through the story of a man shipwrecked alone on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs, and birds, and his encounter with a mysterious red turtle, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being living in direct relationship with the island’s natural environment. This animated film, told without dialogue, was written and directed by Belgian director Michael Dudok de Wit and co-produced by Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki from Studio Ghibli in Japan and Vincent Maraval from Wild Bunch International. Isao Takahata is also credited as artistic producer. The result is a poetic, esthetically stunning film inflected with a Japanese sensibility. Winner of Un Certain Regard Special Prize at the Festival de Cannes in 2016.

To watch the trailer, please click here.

This screening is part of Being in the World: People and the Planet in French and Francophone Cinema, a film festival curated and presented by Columbia Maison Française, with additional support provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Columbia Climate School, Knapp Family Foundation, Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund, Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Alliance Program, and European Institute.